ULI Case Studies – Arverne by the Sea

The only way to reach the Far Rockaway area of the New York City borough of Queens after Hurricane Sandy made landfall was by bicycle. The crystal blue sky and bright, warm sunshine belied the unprecedented destruction that had punished the area days earlier. I remember seeing a dirty stormwater line well above my head […]

Rapid Condo Sales in Southampton

Yesterday, we posted about the torrid sales pace of Sag Harbor condos. Not to be outdone, Southampton is also seeing a surge of interest in luxury condominiums. Bishops Pond is 90% sold out now; with 69 units, 63 are sold; there are just a few units left, priced from $999K to $2.3M. The clubhouse with fitness center (above) […]

Developers Bringing Condos and Townhouses to Long Island’s East End

Residential real estate in the Hamptons brings to mind sprawling farmland estates, waterfront mansions, or even quaint bungalows. But a number of developers are now bringing a very Manhattan type of housing to Long Island’s East End: condos and townhouses. The bet is that both longtime Hamptons residents looking to scale down and Manhattanites looking […]

The Belmont Child Care Association Hosts Graduation for Class of 2014 at Anna House

The Belmont Child Care Association hosted graduation at Anna House on Tuesday, June 24th. The children and their families were pleased to welcome Board Chairman, Michael Dubb, and Board member, Ron Goldstein, who attended the ceremony. The children received their diplomas from Board President, Fay Donk, and they received a special book from Executive Director, Joanne K. Adams. We thank […]

Beechwood Organization Showcases Residential Development in Aquebogue

Jericho-based Beechwood Organization is showcasing its latest residential development, a 14-home subdivision in Aquebogue. Located at 4681 Sound Ave., the three- and four-bedroom homes at the community called Highlands Club at Aquebogue start at $499,900 and range from 2,300 to 3,000 square feet. Beechwood has built four models to begin its first foray into the […]

Michael Dubb Q&A with LIBN in February 2010

In a February 2010 Q&A with LIBN, with the housing crisis still swamping the national economy, Beechwood Organization President Michael Dubb cited many challenges facing Long Island homebuilders. Four years later, things are looking up. Where are you with the Country Pointe development in Plainview? We’ve had our public hearing and the public comment period […]

The YMCA of Greater New York Opens New Branch, the Rockaways YMCA at Arverne by the Sea

Thousands of New Members Rush to Join Long-Awaited Neighborhood Hub New Rockaways Branch Features Largest Aquatic Center of Any of the Y’s 24 Citywide Branches Facility to Offer Swim Safety Programming Crucial for Beachfront Community The YMCA of Greater New York dedicated its newest branch, the Rockaways YMCA at Arverne by the Sea, at a […]

Plainview Commits to Preserving its Own Way of Life

Just outside Plainview in Nassau County lies the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, a diorama of historic buildings complete with costumed actors depicting a Long Island farming village from the 1800s. It mirrors Plainview’s commitment to preserving its own way of life, albeit one from a different century. Residents and elected officials say the hamlet, along […]

Town Holds Hearing on Country Pointe at Plainview

A proposed project that would bring an 890-unit gated community to Plainview is now open for public comment after a nearly eight-hour hearing last week at Howard B. Mattlin Middle School. Residents, developers and Town of Oyster Bay officials packed into the school’s auditiorium to hear the details of the project and speak out either […]

The Beechwood Organization Plans to Convert a Warehouse and Marina into Condos

The Beechwood Organization sought to convert a warehouse and marina on the border of East Rockaway and Oceanside into condominiums. Beechwood Atlantic Avenue hopes to transform the 2.72-acre property near the East Rockaway train station into six four-story buildings with 84 total units and at least 65 boat slips. Hempstead’s Town Board passed a resolution […]

New Development on Vacant Property in North Bellmore is 40% Sold

A new development on a long vacant piece of property in North Bellmore is almost half sold, with the 79 single-family homes now commanding prices north of $700,000. About 40 percent of Country Pointe North Bellmore, which the Beechwood Organization has been building on a 17-acre former Army base that closed in 1996, has sold […]

NBC Open House

The Beechwood Organization’s Steven Dubb presents a quick tour of Bishops Pond – Luxury Homes for sale in Southampton.

Condos and Multi-Family Dwellings Becoming Popular in Southampton and Sag Harbor

The era of the gated uber-mansion basking behind the hedgerows may have peaked in the Hamptons, that celebrity-studded slice of sun-dappled former potato farmland on the East End of Long Island, N.Y. All the rage this summer is a new breed of housing in the elite Hamptons seaside communities of Southampton and Sag Harbor: condominiums […]

Bishops Pond in Southampton Selling Quickly

Bishops Pond is a new high-end condo development in Southampton Village. As with the Watchcase in Sag Harbor, units are selling briskly, even though occupancy won’t be until the fall, showing that there is a real demand for luxury vacation condos with concierge services in the Hamptons. There are 77 units across 13 acres of […]

Superstorm Sandy Attracting New People to the Hamptons

You might think that, less than a year after a cataclysmic coastal weather event like Superstorm Sandy, home buyers would be a little gun shy about purchasing properties near the ocean. But you would be—in the case of the Hamptons, according to the experts we consulted—wrong. The fact is that the Hamptons, unlike some communities in […]

New Rockaways YMCA Eyes Fall Opening

After hitting a setback when Hurricane Sandy hit, plans to open a new YMCA in the Rockaways are back on track. Originally scheduled to open in June, it’s the first YMCA in the Rockaways, an area badly hit by the storm. The facility is 12 feet above sea level and officials say it was already […]

City Envisions Far Rockaway As Storm-Resilient Model

A competition, launched Tuesday, aims to use an 80-acre piece of oceanfront property in Queens, as a laboratory for possible storm-resistant residential development on the coast of the city. The Bloomberg administration plans to use a massive 80-acre piece of oceanfront property in Far Rockaway, Queens, as a laboratory for possible solutions for the future […]

Meadowbrook Pointe Featured on The Wall Street Journal

[ …At Meadowbrook Pointe on New York’s Long Island, a former horseracing track is now an active-adult community, where unit prices start at $525,000 and can top $1 million. At the clubhouse, residents can watch games on 17 televisions in the sports bar, play cards in one of two rooms or catch a movie in […]

Volunteers and Neighbors in Amityville Rebuild Home Devastated by Sandy

Volunteers and neighbors in Amityville spent the last eight days rebuilding a home devastated by Sandy. Peter Picucci’s home suffered severe water damage during the storm, and as of last week, was inhabitable due to mold and mildew. Volunteers worked around the clock for eight days to rebuild the 96-year-old man’s home from top to […]

LI community helps couple affected by Sandy

An elderly couple on Long Island whose home was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy is getting some much needed help cleaning up. Peter Picucci, who earlier in the week was having trouble keeping warm in his Amityville home, is receiving assistance from his community. Carpenters, electricians, neighbors, and total strangers are all helping to clean up […]

Community in the Rockaways Built to Survive a Storm

The morning after Hurricane Sandy battered the Rockaways last month, Phil Coxon, 70, who lives just off the water there, walked out his front door, “and it looked like any other day,” he said. Sure, there had been some street flooding from encroaching sea waters, but nothing like the torrents that rushed head-high through many […]

Woman Sells Florida Home for Meadowbrook Pointe Duplex

EVERY now and then when a new furnished model would open at Meadowbrook Pointe, an age-restricted condominium community of flats, town houses and villas in Westbury that will eventually have 720 units, Carol Uffer would stroll over from her two-bedroom villa within the complex to take a look. “I was not thinking about moving,” said […]

Anna House Provides Onsite Day Care For Track Parents

Thoroughbred horse racing in New York State moves between three tracks: Aqueduct in Queens, Belmont Park in Long Island and Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs. But 365 days a year, there are horses lodged at the backstretch stables of Belmont and Aqueduct, where employees arrive before dawn to clean stalls, feed the horses and […]

Michael Dubb On and Off the Track

MICHAEL DUBB was the leading owner by wins at the New York Racing Association’s three racetracks in 2010, but his entry into Thoroughbred racing came through children first, and horses second. Dubb, a Long Island real estate developer, oversaw and donated much of the Belmont Park building that houses Anna House, a pre-school day-care center […]

Michael Dubb Proposed a Less Dense, Mostly Residential Development on 143 Acres

Michael Dubb doesn’t want to repeat the stunning moment four years ago when billionaire Charles Wang yanked a rezoning application after opposition grew to his multiuse development plan in Plainview. So Dubb, founder of the Jericho-based Beechwood Organization, has proposed a less dense, mostly residential development on 143 acres at the corner of Old Country […]

New Developments Include ‘Fifth Walls’ and Other Trimmings

THE fancy ceilings being built into new construction in these rough economic times would seem a counterintuitive touch. And yet, since the downturn a few years ago, embellishments like coffers, six-foot-wide foyer domes, barrel vaulted hallways, Gothic arches, and step and tray ceilings are increasingly being used to lure buyers, as the latest way to […]

New Supermarket Opens at Arverne by the Sea Development Complex on the Rockaway Peninsula

A major new supermarket, financed with Recovery Zone bonds, opens today at the Arverne by the Sea development complex on the Rockaway Peninsula. The $23 million, 55,000-square-foot Stop & Shop supermarket is located on Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 73rd and Beach 69th Streets. The supermarket has created 200 construction jobs, and now will employ […]

Real Estate’s Ebb and Flow

Few things mimic the cycle of life like the housing market. From cradle to grave our demand steadily increases as we mature, from a room, to an apartment, to a house or two, and then shrinking as the nest empties until whatever conveyance is selected for the hereafter. I can hear you all asking, “How […]

Mayor Bloomberg Discusses New Supermarket at Arverne by the Sea on the Rockaway Peninsula

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, State Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm A. Smith, Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Rafael E. Cestero and United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 Executive Vice President Anthony Speelman broke ground today for a major new supermarket at the Arverne by the Sea development complex on the Rockaway Peninsula.The $23 […]

Arverne by the Sea Attracts First-Time Buyers by Affordability and Amenities

Queens residents may not immediately associate beach-front property with their borough, but one real estate development partnership, Benjamin-Beechwood, is changing that perception with their $800 million project – Arverne by the Sea. Nestled on the southern part of the Rockaway Peninsula, six distinct neighborhoods are underway with units ranging from $599,000 to $1 million. There […]

Arverne by the Sea Development on Southern Tip of Long Island’s Rockaway Peninsula

An upscale, privately owned home with its own attached rental unit proves to be a winning combination for New York buyers and builder and developer Benjamin-Beechwood at Arverne by the Sea. The development is situated on the southern tip of Long Island’s Rockaway Peninsula that once hosted vacation goers around the turn of the twentieth […]

Michael Dubb Interview Featured on CBS Evening News

New York based builder and developer Michael Dubb, founder and principal of The Beechwood Organization was interviewed at Harbour Pointe at Shorehaven in the Bronx about the New York Real Estate Market. He commented that he has absolutely started to see the trend of more homes being sold and is “cautiously optimistic”. The amount of […]

Arverne by the Sea: 117-Acre Mixed-Use Development of Houses, Condos, and Stores

QUEENS has suffered a greater drop in home sales over the last year than the other boroughs. Significantly more people are losing their houses to foreclosure there than in the rest of the city, data show — particularly in the southern section. But there is a bright spot, at least in Arverne: a 117-acre mixed-use […]

Section Of Rockaway Freeway Closing for ABTS Construction

The highly anticipated retail transit plaza, Stop and Shop and YMCA as agreed in part of the Arverne By The Sea development, will commence construction preparation starting next month, according to project officials. Consequently, in mid-March, residents can say goodbye forever to the section of Rockaway Freeway between Beach 73 Street and Beach 67 Street […]

Local Builder’s Filly To Be Featured On “The Oprah Winfrey Show”

What does a four-year-old filly have in common with entertainer Oprah Winfrey? Her name — sort of. And maybe her commitment to community service too. Dubbed Oprah Winney by her owners, the horse — along with her owner and trainer — will be thrust into the celebrity spotlight on October 23 when Oprah Winfrey honors […]

Michael Dubb Honored by American Jewish Committee for Service to the Community

Michael Dubb, Principal of The Beechwood Organization, Long Island’s largest residential real estate development company, was honored this year by the American Jewish Committee (AJC). The award recognizes and individual who has demonstrated exemplary service to the community. Mr. Dubb, through his company, The Beechwood Organization, has developed more than 5,500 homes in over 55 […]

Wedding at Meadowbrook Pointe in Nassau County

Meadowbrook Pointe is more than a place to live; it’s a lifestyle—thanks, in large part, to the community’s splendid clubhouse. This clubhouse will be the setting for the marriage of two new residents, Sherry Mendelson and Arnie Scher. Sherry and Arnie decided to purchase a new home at Meadowbrook Pointe in which they would begin […]

Michael Dubb Hosts Belmont Charity at Meadowbrook Pointe

Michael Dubb, Founder of The Beechwood Organization, Long Island’s largest residential real estate development company, and Chairman of the Belmont Child Care Association (“BCCA”), along with prominent thoroughbred racehorse owner, Sandy Goldfarb; leading jockeys Edgar Prado, John Velazquez and retired Hall-of-Famer Angel Cordero hosted the 3rd Annual Belmont Stakes Celebration bar-b-que at the Meadowbrook Pointe […]

The Belmont Child Care Association to Host Third Annual Belmont Stakes Celebration

The Belmont Child Care Association (BCCA) and leading jockeys Edgar Prado, John Velazquez and retired Hall-of-Famer Angel Cordero will co-host the Third Annual Belmont Stakes Celebration at the clubhouse at Meadowbrook Pointe, 1100 Corporate Drive, Westbury. The celebration will take place on Sunday, June 3 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The celebration will feature the […]

Clubhouse Opens at Meadowbrook Pointe

The Clubhouse at Meadowbrook Pointe is Open! Meadowbrook Pointe is more than a place to live; it’s a lifestyle—thanks, in large part, to the community’s splendid activity-rich clubhouse. “We are proud that this facility honors its illustrious past of Roosevelt Raceway while setting a new gold standard in providing an exquisite lifestyle,” says Michael Dubb, […]

Waterfront Recreation and Entertainment Center Being Planned

The Arverne by the Sea marina on Jamaica Bay is now just a vision, but developers of 2,300 new homes being built in the Rockaways hope to transform it into a popular destination for new residents in the area by 2010. A waterfront recreation and entertainment center, estimated to cost $35 million to build, is […]

Beechwood Organization Building Units at Meadowbrook Pointe in Seven Phases

THERE was valet parking at a construction site in Westbury early this month, along with a band performing the standards under a white tent, cocktails and tables of hot pasta, filet mignon, smoked Norwegian salmon and coconut shrimp. The event was by invitation only, for hundreds of buyers, potential buyers and elected officials, to view […]

Michael Dubb is Principal and Co-Founder of the Beechwood Organization in Jericho.

Michael Dubb is principal and co-founder of the Beechwood Organization in Jericho. He and Leslie Lerner founded the company, in 1980. In its 25 year history, Beechwood has developed 55 communities, built more than 5,000 homes and is currently throughout Nassau, Suffolk, the Bronx, Westchester and Queens counties. The company develops single family homes, townhouses […]

Beechwood’s Toys-For-Tots Drive A Huge Success

The Beechwood Organization proudly participated this year once again, in the US Marine Corps Toys-for-Tots Program. For weeks before the holidays, hundreds of unwrapped toys arrived at the Country Pointe at Coram Sales Center, the Arverne by the Sea Sales Center, the Beechwood Corporate offices in Jericho and the new Beechwood Regional Sales & Design […]

Beechwood Announces the Del Mar, the Newest Townhome Design from the Beechwood-Flex Plan

The Beechwood Organization announces the debut of the Del Mar, the newest Townhome design from the Beechwood-Flex Plan. With the grand opening of Phase III at Country Pointe at Coram in September, home purchasers will have the option of selecting the Del Mar, an innovative home design created, and offered exclusively by the Beechwood Organization. […]

David Award Honorees and Presenters

Last year, builder/businessman Michael Dubb opened the doors to Anna House, a center for children of backstretch workers at Belmont and Aquaduct Racetracks. Sense of community motivates Dubb, who wishes to use his gift of construction to help people. Dubb is a two time past president of the Long Island Builders Institute and was appointed […]

Arverne By The Sea Announces Home Lottery Applications

The long-awaited Arverne By The Sea development came one step closer to fruition this week with the announcement by both the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the developers that applications are now available for those who are interested in entering a lottery to purchase one of the new homes. “We are […]

Arverne by the Sea Application Seminar Draws Large Crowd

The Commodore (street view), a three-bedroom owner’s home with a three-bedroom rental, is one style of home being built in the project. Well over 100 people grabbed applications, and had their questions answered by key project representatives at the first application seminar for Arverne by the Sea, Tuesday night. More that 30 homes will soon […]

The Beechwood Organization Announces Grand Opening of Regional Sales Center in Lake Grove

The Beechwood Organization recently announced the grand opening of its Regional Sales Center located at 2355 Nesconset Highway in Lake Grove, New York. The first of its kind on Long Island, the Regional Sales Center will serve as a central location showcasing Beechwood’s current communities, Country Pointe at Lake Grove, Country Pointe at Miller Place […]

Michael Dubb Honored for Contributions to Anna House at Belmont Racetrack

On May 31, Michael Dubb, Co- Founder of the Beechwood Organization and President of the Belmont Child Care Association was honored for his contributions to Anna House at Belmont Racetrack, the first on-site child care center on a race track in the United States. Presented with a marble plaque inscribed, “This is the House that […]

Michael Dubb Named American Cancer Society Man of the Year for 2002

Michael Dubb is to be named the American Cancer Society’s man of the year for 2002. Dubb, a cofounder of The Beechwood Organization, a residential real estate development company in Jericho, is being honored for his support of the Nassau County Chapter of the American Cancer Society in Garden City. He has played a key […]

Couples Leaves House for Condo in Gated Community

Gary and Eileen Smith were ready for a change. The couple had had enough of taking care of their large Stony Brook home – everything from making sure the snow was shoveled to calling a service crew each year for the pool and Jacuzzi. Plus, with a vacation home in Florida, they wanted to come […]

Michael Dubb Named American Cancer Society of Long Island’s “Man of the Year” for 2002

Michael Dubb, president of the Beechwood Organization, Jericho-based development firm, has been named the American Cancer Society of Long Island’s “Man of the Year” for 2002. Dubb serves as president of Long Island Homebuilder Care, a charitable offshoot of the Hauppauge-based Long Island Builders Institute, and as president of and builder for the Belmont Child […]

Beechwood Organization Breaks Ground on 88-Unit Housing Complex in Smithtown

The Beechwood Organization recently broke ground on an 88-unit housing complex in Smithtown with units selling for $400,000 to $450,000. Already, 65 of those homes are spoken for. Michael Dubb, president of the Jericho-based firm, sees the same pattern at projects in Miller Place and Dix Hills. “I’m selling up to 75 percent of my […]

Demand for Residential Condos Remains Strong

THE residential condominium market continues to grow on Long Island and builders predict much more to come as buyers purchase units from architects’ plans or computer programs. Since the beginning of the year, the number of new condos being built “has significantly risen even from the boom of the past several years,” said Glen R. […]

The New York City Department of A NYC Department Housing Preservation and Development Announces Plan to Develop Arverne Urban Renewal Area

The city picks a design and development team for a $350-million, transit-oriented, walkable neighborhood that willfill oceanfront property on the Rockaways peninsula in Queens. The New York City Department of A New York City Department Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) has announced a plan to develop 100 acres of the Arverne Urban Renewal area, one […]

Discussing Home Prices in Nassau County

KATHY AND AL GRIMALDI say they have no regrets about purchasing their L-shaped ranch earlier this month. “In the past year, prices have gone up considerably,” said Kathy, a sales manager. “I heard they’re going to go up even more.” After looking for a house for more than six months, the newly married couple expects […]

Arverne By the Sea is a Major New Residential Project in the Rockaways

With a shot in the arm from Mayor Ginliani, Arverne By the Sea, a major new residential project in the Rockaways, was launched last month at City Hall in New York. The developers picked, the Benjamin Development Company of Garden City and the Beechwood Organization of Jericho, have formed a joint venture to develop the […]

Unexpected Surge in New Home Construction Nationwide

Unseasonably warm weather, a weak stock market and low interest rates contributed to an unexpected surge in new home construction nationwide last month, experts said yesterday. Housing starts rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.645 million in November, up 8.2 percent above the revised October estimate of 1.521 million and 6 percent above […]

Strong Demands for New Homes After 9/11

December 7, 2001 IN THE MIDST of an economic slowdown and post-Sept. 11 anxiety, there is still a strong demand for new homes in a wide price range, as evidenced by the plans for developments in both Queens and on Long Island. On Monday, for example, New York City officials announced a $350-million development of […]

Arverne-by-the-Sea Construction to Begin in June

City officials yesterday tapped two Long Island developers to undertake the $350 million development of Arverne-by-the-Sea, a 100-acre oceanfront community in the Rockaways. At a City Hall news conference, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and other city officials said that a plan by Benjamin-Beechwood LLC, a joint venture, was selected from among several competitive proposals for the […]

Mayor Giuliani Announces Designation of Developers for Construction of Arverne-by-the-Sea

Up to 2,300 Homes, Retail, Recreation Center, and Charter School to be Constructed on the Rockaway Peninsula. Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani today joined Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Jerilyn Perine and Queens Borough President Claire Shulman to announce the designation of developers for the construction of Arverne-by-the-Sea, an approximately 100-acre oceanfront site […]

7 Tips to Find a New Construction

IN RECENT YEARS, the Rock Development Corp. has built about 35 two-family homes annually in the Far Rockaway and Arverne sections of Queens. But if you are looking to purchase one of these homes this year, you’re out of luck: Contracts for those under construction were signed months ago. Buyers coming in now are committing […]

Beechwood targets Manorville for PRC Project

MANORVILLE – The Jericho-based Beechwood Organization is in contract to acquire a 127-acre parcel along Sunrise Highway with plans to build up to 889 residential units as part of a planned retirement community. The land, sandwiched between Sunrise Highway and Center Moriches-Middle Island Road, has a current zoning mix of industrial and residential. But Beechwood, […]

Michael Dubb Secures Parcel of Several Hundred Acres

NOWADAYS, a parcel of several hundred acres is almost unheard of in local builders’ circles.Yet that’s exactly what developer Michael Dubb, a partner in the Beechwood Organization, secured several months ago in Manorville, two miles south of the Long Island Expressway in eastern Suffolk. Last week, he broke ground on that property and hopes to […]

Demand Rises in Long Island for Attached Condominiums

RENEWED demand for attached houses in condominium developments that offer shared recreational facilities and maintenance-free living is bringing increasing numbers of these developments on the market. Developers say that sales of such housing are being stoked both by young couples who want to own and build equity without the worries of such chores as snow […]

Builders Aim For Broader Appeal in New Developments

ASK MICHAEL DUBB whom he is trying to appeal to in the Beechwood Organization’s new project, Country Pointe, and he’ll tell you: everyone. The Melville development has 82 attached town homes. In the end units, priced at $240,000, the master bedroom is on the main floor, to attract senior citizens who don’t want to climb […]

Some of Dubb’s Top Ten Tips on Making a House a Better Place to Live

RANCH HOUSE or colonial, a man’s / woman’s home is his / her “castle” — but sometimes even castles need improvements. Just ask Michael Dubb, chairman of the board of the Long Island Builders Institute. Whether you’re investing time and money to sell your home or just enjoy a better lifestyle, here are some of […]

Route 110 to Offer Affordable Multi-Family Housing

FOR A GENERATION, a hard hat sighted on former farmland in the Route 110 area of Melville meant a new office tower was going up. This spring, after several years of inactivity, there will be development again not offices this time but multi-family housing. Four projects that would add 633 housing units to the Route […]