Zale Contracting picZale Contracting constructs high-end residential woodworking renovations.

By Stephanie Crets

Improving quality while not raising the cost is Benny Zale’s motto and has been since he founded Zale Contracting in 1993. Thanks to his affinity for high-end design, he decided to strike out on his own and bring that love to residential renovations through woodworking. Zale built his business gradually from one client to the next.

Zale Contracting works as general contractor for designers and produces high-quality products in its woodworking shop in Ridgewood, N.Y. The company specializes in all manner of high-end renovation from townhouses and homes to apartments and lofts across the Tri-State area in New York. “Woodworkers are the most precise people,” Zale says.

Roy RockFull-service masonry and concrete contractor Roy Rock ensures its projects will be delivered safely, on time and on budget.

By Stephanie Crets

With a valuable reputation passed on from client to client, Roy Rock has established itself as a solid, reliable full-service masonry and concrete contractor. “It’s a solid company,” President Rui Pires says. “We perform quality work. Our name is not known from advertising; it’s word of mouth.”

Topco picHome Leasing Services’ involvement in the communities it builds in doesn’t end when its projects are completed.

By Jim Harris

Home Leasing Services LLC doesn’t look at the multifamily residential projects it builds as being just apartment complexes. “We can’t say the word ‘apartments’ here – it’s a community,” says Brian Bellaire, director of construction for the Rochester, N.Y.-based company. “We pride ourselves on doing things that make the properties we build true communities. Our residents, who really need the housing we provide, are really happy once we come in and renovate a project – they truly see it as a new home for them.”

Denham WolfProviding nonprofits with transaction, development and project management services allows Denham Wolf to help improve New York City communities.

By Eric Slack

Founded in 1998, Denham Wolf Real Estate Services has become a key resource for New York City’s nonprofit community. Through the company’s transaction, development and project management capabilities, Denham Wolf has been able to partner with hundreds of nonprofits and have a hand in shaping millions of square feet across New York City.

BreezeBreeze Demolition is a go-to demolition contractor for many of New York City’s most prominent developers and contractors.

By Jim Harris 

When talking about his company’s loyalty to New York City, Breeze Demolition President Toby Romano Jr. echoes the refrain of one of most popular songs ever written about the city, “New York, New York.”

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The creation of Catalyst Chilmark brings together knowledgeable professionals in New York City.

By Chris Petersen

Some partnerships make sense from a purely business perspective, and some make sense because the people involved work so well together. And then there are partnerships like the one that led to the creation of New York City’s Catalyst Chilmark LLC, where the collaboration makes perfect sense from a business perspective as well as a human perspective. President Will Seward says the combination of his construction expertise and the development experience and contacts of his new partners puts Catalyst Chilmark in a strong position to lead the market in New York City and beyond.

WellbuiltStarting a company during the Great Recession taught Wellbuilt’s founders and partners the importance of operating lean.

By Jim Harris

Scott Lumby and Mitch Kidd admit that the timing of their decision to start their own company could have been better. The two established Wellbuilt Co. in 2008, shortly after the onset of the Great Recession.

Northern Bay

Tackling many project types for a variety of clients, Northern Bay Contractors has built a legacy of success over its quarter-century of business.

By Eric Slack

Celebrating 25 years in the construction industry, Northern Bay Contractors has transformed from a small carpentry company into a multifaceted leading player in the Tri-State drywall and general contracting sector. Founded in 1991, the company has built a history of quality and reliability by advancing with the times, adopting new technologies, promoting continued education and developing lasting relationships with design teams and clients.

“One of our keys to success has been our ability to transform and adapt to the projects we undertake,” President Adam Weitman says. “While specializing in a certain area proves beneficial to some of our competitors, we are strong believers in vast diversification. At any given time, we will have teams working in areas from conservation and preservation to infrastructure enhancement and mission critical.”

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