To celebrate and honor the best of the best NYC agents, StreetEasy’s annual agent appreciation program – The Essys – went digital this year. Nearly nearly 500 submissions were received from clients, colleagues, peers, and community members, nominating outstanding agents for two coveted awards: New Yorkers’ Choice, and Community Champion.

One thing became clear after reading through each submission: New York City’s real estate agents set a high bar. They regularly go above and beyond for their clients — even in irregular times. It’s in that spirit that we proudly announce the winners of the 2020 Essys. Drumroll please…

Essys Community Champion: Darlene Brown, Oxford Property Group

essys 2020 - darlene brown oxford property groupThe Community Champion agent defines what it means to give back to the community, both personally and professionally. As submissions poured in for Darlene, we noticed a clear theme: She consistently stands up for the rights, well-being, and dignity of her clients. Here’s what her nominators had to say:

  • “Darlene is a pillar in her community. She helps people leave the homeless shelter, works with Section 8 vouchers, HASA, etc., and has literally helped hundreds of people to start a new life in her many years of real estate.”
  • “She does the work that nobody wants to do. She takes on the hard cases. There is nothing fancy about it….but she does it anyway.”
  • “She has helped 100+ people to leave the shelter and start a new life, even went out during the pandemic to help people. She is a true champion and known in the Bronx (her community) as Ms. D.”

Here’s a project Darlene spearheaded in the Bronx:

As this year’s Community Champion, Darlene earns more than a trophy. StreetEasy is also making a $5,000 donation to one of the many charitable organizations she’s affiliated with.

Essys New Yorkers’ Choice – Beatrice Genco, Triplemint

essys 2020 - beatrice gencoThis agent consistently goes the extra mile for their clients. In 2020, despite unprecedented challenges, the New Yorkers’ Choice offered unwavering support as she helped New Yorkers find a home by using tech savvy to connect with clients in innovative ways. Here’s what her dozens of nominators had to say:

  • “Smart, tech-savvy, knowledgeable, and determined. All great qualities for someone in real estate during the constant changes with technology.”
  • “During the pandemic, she took this challenge head on. She immediately posted photos and videos on her social media accounts and continued with work. Bea knew that technology would be her aid, and she ran with it successfully. A nominee deserving of this award during a pandemic not seen for over a century.”
  • “Her tips and updates about NY real estate on social media are a big differentiator.”

essys 2020Congrats to All Nominees

For the hard work they put in during a particularly unpredictable year, please join us in giving thanks and celebrating all the tremendous agents who were nominated for a 2020 Essy Award.

Essys Community Champion 2020 Nominees

Alexander Bogod, A & I Broadway Realty

Alexander Fazelani, Ian Alexander Realty Group

Allan Zapadinsky, Keller Williams NYC

Andreea Miller, Corcoran Group

Anthony Domathoti, EXIT Realty Premium

Carla Madrid, Elegran

Charissa Sheptak, LG Fairmont Group

Janna Raskopf, Douglas Elliman

Jason Sciulara, Bergen Basin Real Estate

Jason Saft, Compass

Jenna McKay, Compass

Jon Pineda, LG Fairmont Group

Keren Shalmoni, Talk of the Town Realty Corp

Lorna Miller, LG Fairmont

Mark Martov, Corcoran Group

Matthew Bizzarro, Bizzarro Agency

Matthew Hughes, Brown Harris Stevens

Michelle Siegel, Triplemint

Michelle Amodeo, Triplemint

Sandra Makarchuk, GZB Realty

Sara Golan, Nest Seekers

Sean Fuller, Abode

Sonia Hondraki, LG Fairmont

Susanna Saarinen, Access Property Group Inc

Talia McKinney, Nest Seekers

Theresa Show, Compass

Toni Haber, Compass

Wagner Oliveira, Douglas Elliman

Zoe Kellerhals, LG Fairmont

Essys New Yorkers’ Choice 2020 Nominees

Agueda Ramirez, Bizzarro Agency

Aleksandra Lupskaya, Park River Properties

Alex Korotkiy, Coldwell Banker

Alex Giannikas, Modern Spaces

Alexander Zakharin, GZBRealty

Allan Zapadinsky, Keller Williams NYC

Alyssa Brody, The Development Marketing Team

Andreea Miller, Corcoran Group

Anil Thomas, EXR Group

Anthony Domathoti, Exit Realty Premium

Athanasia DiMaggio, Remax Real Estate Professionals

Attila Mocanu, Compass

Carla Madrid, Elegran Real Estate

Christa Lawrence, Best Apartments North Inc

Christine Araman, Real Broker

David Schwartz, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Doreen Alfano, Bergen Basin Realty

Elena Smirnova, Triplemint

Emma James, Corcoran Group

Evelyn Torres, Corcoran Group

Evgeniia Ermurateva, Coldwell Banker Reliable Real Estate

Federico Pina, R New York

Geraldine Greenberg, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Hillel Fried, LGFairmont

Ilana Scheinblum, Corcoran Group

Jason Sciulara, Bergen Basin Realty

Jeff Reyngach, Compass

Jenna McKay, Compass

Jennifer Bocian, Compass

Jerry Gilbert, Greatest Real Estate Inc

Jonathan Meiselman, Compass

Joseph Loner, EXR Group

Kelly Robinson, Compass

Khashy Eyn, Platinum Properties

Kris Sylvester, Brown Harris Stevens

Lauren Feldesman, Compass

Leora Rubinstein, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Lila Nejad, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Luke Whittle, Elegran Real Estate

Maria Bazo, Sothebys International Realty

Matt Bajek, Nest Seekers

Matthew Hughes, Brown Harris Stevens

McKenzie Ryan, Compass

Michael Jacobson, Trusted Property Advisors Corp

Michael Simmon-Pappadakos, Triplemint

Michael Jeneralczuk, Real New York

Miguel Morales, Ibrrooklyn Properties NY USA

Milana Balcaitis, Corcoran Group

Natalia Dolinsky, A & I Broadway Realty

Odalis Gonzalez, Corcoran Group

Omer Levy, Alpha Properties NYC

Sally Galante, S & A Realty Group, Inc.

Sally Raia, Townhouse Realty NYC

Samantha Weinstein, Bohemia Realty Group

Sara Golan, Nest Seekers

Shawna Tamayose, Apt212

Susanna Saarinen, Access Property Group

Talia McKinney, Nest Seekers

Theresa Show, Compass

Thomas Jordan, Nest Seekers

Vanesa Lazo, Compass

Yakub Laguda, Highline Residential

Zoe Kellerhals, LG Fairmont

Congrats, again, to our 2020 StreetEasy Essy winners and nominees!

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