Casandra Properties is on a mission to make Staten Island cool Company works on some of borough’s most visible projects, including Empire Outlets
James Prendamano with renderings of Urby and Empire Outlets (Credit: Urby Staten Island, Empire Outlets NYC)
Staten Island may commonly be known as New York City’s “forgotten borough,” but broker James Prendamano and his company Casandra Properties are trying hard to turn that into an outdated moniker.
“Did we agree with it? Yeah, we agreed with it for a long time,” he said of the disparaging nickname. “It’s really what inspired me 10 years ago to dig in on the North Shore, where there was some progressive zoning, and go fight.”
These days, Casandra Properties is tasked with handling some of the most high-profile projects in Staten Island, including Empire Outlets and the Urby rental complex.
“It’s been hard to get out of the shadow of Manhattan, but we’re doing it,” he said. “I think we’re doing it a little more every day.”
Prendamano’s mother Casandra Zappala founded Casandra Properties in 1989, at a time when there were few women in the commercial real estate industry. She described it as “a man’s world at this point, especially for the types of deals that I was going for, which was the large banks, the drug chains and so on.”
She found success, which she attributed to one factor.
“They knew I knew what I was doing,” she said. “It was that simple.”
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