About Us

Who We Are

Our Story

In 1962, Norman Friedman and Seymour Leibler, two elementary school teachers from the Bronx, began a second career in real estate. In the mornings, they taught in neighboring classrooms, and in the afternoons, they ran their burgeoning real estate business out of a storefront office. The business, which initially focused on residential real estate in New York City, quickly expanded, and Friedman and Liebler soon turned to real estate full-time.

Ten years later, Michael Levine joined as a third principal, and the company incorporated as Norse Realty Group. Norse Realty moved away from residential real estate, and began concentrating on commercial real estate. Over the following fifty years, Norse Realty grew into a first-class commercial real estate company in New York, specializing in the development, redevelopment, ownership and management of commercial real estate throughout the New York metropolitan area.

Now going on three generations, Norse Realty continues to remain a close-knit family run business. For the past fifty years, Norse Realty has valued and maintained close relationships with tenants, bankers, and brokers. Integrity and accessibility lie at the very core of Norse Realty’s philosophy: hand-shakes are always preferred to contracts, and in-person meetings are favored over remote communication. While both Norman and Seymour have passed, their values and principles continue to guide the office and its partners.

Norse Realty’s commitment to its business model has proven successful throughout the volatile real estate and economic cycles. From two teachers in a Bronx storefront to a multifaceted real estate company, Norse Realty has never lost sight of its principles. Valued relationships and professionalism have made Norse Realty the company it is today.