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Howard M. Lorber

A. I'm going to buy an apartment there, probably about 3,500 feet - it's a big three-bedroom.

Q. New Valley Realty has partnerships in other developments.

A. About seven or eight: 10 Madison Square; 11 East 68th Street; retail at 701 Seventh Avenue; two small investments with Steve Witkoff and Ian Schrager downtown, one is going to be condos, the other is hotel and condos; I have one in Queens in a rental building with the Property Management Group; 11 Beach Street downtown with HFZ Capital.

Q. What is the status of the Albany project?

A. The whole thing is now about 35 units. I think construction will start in the fall. We're not selling in New York yet because we're not approved by the attorney general yet. I see it as a getaway for New Yorkers and Floridians.

We want to be where the same clients are, the same people are. And if you look at where we are at Douglas Elliman - New York City, Long Island, the Hamptons, Westchester, South Florida and Los Angeles - pretty much it's the same group.

Q. Will Elliman be adding any more offices?

A. I think the only other market left most likely is Fairfield County: Greenwich, Westport. We have a Westchester presence with a couple of brokers who are licensed to go into Connecticut, but we will end up having an office in the not-too-distant future in Greenwich. I would hope we would get it open this year.

Q. So I know you're a fan of Nathan’s Famous, but do you like its hot dogs?

A. I like to say I'm the official taste tester. I love it. I'm pretty much standard, you know, mustard and sauerkraut. Not even ketchup. But I will admit that I find the hot-dog-eating contests hard to watch.