Gary L. Malin is president of Citi Habitats, one of the largest residential rental broker companies in New York City. He manages day-to-day operations, strategic planning and overall vision for company, which launched in 1994 and was acquired by The Corcoran Group 10 years later. Citi Habitats was founded by Malin’s former roommate at the University of Michigan, Andrew Heiberger, who left in April 2005 to start his own brokerage group. Malin joined Citi Habitats as Chief Operating Officer in 1998 and has seen the company grow from two real estate agents to more than 800 licensed professionals and staff.
Malin said his primary objective is to ensure that Citi Habitats remains as it has throughout its existence – the industry leader in forward-thinking, customer service centered real estate firms. Citi Habitats maintains the city’s largest database of more than 8,000 listings in over 4,000 buildings, many of which are exclusives.
Malin also built the company’s corporate relocation division, Citi Relocation, from the ground up. The division serves more than 100 international and domestic corporations from Fortune 500 companies and major financial firms to other top relocation companies. Malin oversees Citi Habitats’ new development marketing division, Citi Habitats Marketing Group, and also created Citi Habitats Landlord Services Division, which provides landlords with the benefit of working with a staff of highly skilled professionals to ensure that their buildings are operating with the lowest possible vacancy rate and yielding the highest returns. Through Citi Outreach, Malin consistently supports a number of charities
Where were you born ?
How long in New york:
My entire life, except for college and law school. NY is my city.
Roslyn Harbor, Long Island
President of Citi Habitats, one of the city’s largest residential real estate brokerages
Best Ethnic Food:
Dok Suni @ First Ave and 7th Street… Delicious Korean food
Campagnola at 1st and 77th… The stuffed veal chop is fantastic.
Best place for late night dining:
P.J. Clarkes – It reminds me of early 1900s New York.
Best place for a romantic date:
Wherever my wife is!
Best Sunday brunch:
Beauty and Essex - very cool, like an old speakeasy.
Best place for a power business meeting:
All-around favorite spot in New york:
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
All depends on whom, but my favorite city hotels are The Standard (trendy) and The Mandarin Oriental (classic).
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Panerai – they made their mark creating watches for the Italian army – classic simple styling.
Rumor has it, Bliss – but I’m not a spa guy.
Favorite Charity Event:
East Hampton Rotary Golf Tournament @ Maidstone Club
Favorite Cultural Event:
Opening day of football season at the Meadowlands
Favorite Cultural Institution:
The Guggenheim Museum
Best Aspect of New york:
No doubt, the energy here. Best in the world.
Peter Luger’s in Brooklyn – the original, all the way.
The original Patsy’s in Harlem @ 118th Street and First Avenue… This was the city’s first “sit-down” pizza restaurant.
Defonte’s of Brooklyn – delicious sandwiches with fresh ingredients.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
U.S. Limo – always on time.
“Shaping Modernity” exhibit at the MoMA. Interesting to see how “modern” style has evolved in design and architecture.
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Ellis Island – an amazing place that helped shape our country.
Best Broadway show:
Rock of Ages – I’m a classic rock fan.