5 Minutes With The Boulevard Team

The Boulevard, Awards for Excellence in Retail Development Finalist 

Nicholas Brown, VP of Development, Northern Region, Kimco Realty Corp. 

Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? 

Many of us at Kimco have been fortunate enough to have our careers strongly influenced by Milton Cooper, Kimco’s co-founder. Milton is 93 years young and still remains active in Kimco’s day-to-day operations.  Among the many mantras that he embraces, one of my personal favorites is, “done is better than perfect.”  Sometimes in our quest to strike the ultimate deal, develop a flawless project, or protect against every liability, it’s easy to lose sight of the goal line. When complex obstacles appear in our path, this adage reminds us to prioritize our objectives and always keep our eyes on the prize. 

As a ULI NY Awards nominee, what makes you most proud of your project? 

The Boulevard project is a labor of love that Kimco has nurtured for several years.  What began as a one-page, innovative sketch has transformed a once underutilized property into Staten Island’s most visited open-air shopping center.  This success is attributable to the project team’s unwavering perseverance through countless hurdles, including developing through a pandemic. While the team may have naturally picked up some battle scars along the way, we have tremendous pride in ultimately delivering a game-changing retail experience to the Staten Island community. 

What about New York inspires you? 

While Kimco repositions assets throughout our national portfolio, nothing quite compares to placemaking redevelopment in New York.  We embrace the opportunity to design a dynamic experience that reflects the personality of the surrounding neighborhood.  Whether it’s creating a restaurant row with local flavor, engaging homegrown artistic talent, or integrating public space for community events, New York never fails to supply the energy to bring that vibrant environment to life.