Join P/PREP for an opportunity to learn about and tour TurnStyle, NYC’s newest retail development that transformed a century-old public concourse within the Metropolitan Transit Authority system into a vibrant public marketplace.

We will first meet at the offices of OasesRE at 1745 Broadway, 17th Floor, for a discussion with the team that shaped this significant privatization of a New York subway station. Then, as a group, we will head down to the TurnStyle space for a behind-the-scenes guided tour. Following the tour, we will retreat to Hudson Common at the Hudson Hotel, at 358 West 58th Street, for drinks and networking.

Speakers will include:

  • Susan Fine, Principal of OasesRE, Developer of TurnStyle
  • Leah Bassknight, Acting Director of Retail Leasing and Management, Grand Central Terminal
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Susan Fine

Susan Fine, principal of OasesRE and developer of Turn-­‐Style, was responsible for renovation and retail transformation of Grand Central. For over 30 years, Ms. Fine has practiced the nuts and bolts from the ground up (and sometimes below grade), coordinating every step of the development process—financing, leasing, developing, construction, management, and disposition of complicated assets with multiple players and funding sources.

She is particularly adept at working with the public sector—both as Director of Real Estate for the MTA and as its private sector partner —having worked with Amtrak (Madison Square Garden), the PANYNJ, (Port Authority Bus Terminal), the City and State of New York, the MTA and branches of the Federal Government.

She is currently developing the first privately financed project within the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s subway system. Financed by Goldman Sachs, 34 stores opened in 2016 within the Columbus Circle subway station in the roadbed of 8th Avenue. Also with Goldman Sachs, she led the effort to build 1800 units of affordable housing in Southern Queens.

Susan Fine has spent the bulk of her career as a developer of some of New York City’s largest developments. Ms. Fine developed the retail and public space strategies for the World Financial Center in Battery Park City, and Rockefeller Center, Her current project builds on her signature accomplishment—conceiving and implementing renovation of Grand Central Terminal. Ms. Fine has coordinated development for Brookfield Properties, and the disposition of the Starrett portfolio for Blackacre. She also ran development for Fisher Brothers where she was the executive in charge of the Con Ed properties, the largest undeveloped site in Manhattan and secured its public approvals. Most recently, she acquired designed and sold a development in Fort Greene, and a condominium project developed within a US Post Office.

Susan Fine is an adjunct professor the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University and serves on the Board of Symphony Space.


Leah Bassknight

Leah Bassknight, acting Director of Retail Leasing and Management for Grand Central Terminal for the Metropolitan Transit Authority (“MTA”) has over 20 years experience in real estate development, management and sales.

Ms. Bassknight’s recent project on behalf of the MTA is Turnstyle; a private/public development of 34 retail stores in Columbus Circle Station offering a unique shopping experience for New Yorkers.

As Director of Sales for TF Cornerstore, Ms. Bassknight directed the sales operations for luxury condominiums in Manhattan and Long Island City.

At Rockrose Development Corp., Ms. Bassknight worked on many projects including the development of 2 residential buildings in Battery Park City in collaboration with the Battery Park City Authority.  She also worked on the Long Island City waterfront development project in collaboration with the Empire State Development Corp. to establish residential living where commercial development once stood.

Leah Bassknight is a native New Yorker and her love for New York City and its ever-changing landscape is second only to her love for the New York Knicks.