Susan E. Golden

Golden Susan

Sue Golden focuses on development and infrastructure projects, including land use and zoning, real estate transactions, public and private funding, and governance matters. Sue has extensive experience with the intricacies of federal, New York State, and New York City land use and environmental quality reviews, and government procurement and funding contract administration.

Sue has helped government entities, nonprofit organizations, and public-private partnerships with real estate expansion and rebuilding plans. She counsels on compliance with zoning, landmarks, and historic preservation requirements; public review and government approval of development proposals; negotiation of development, design, and construction contracts; property acquisitions and conveyances, including public and commercial leases and the transfer of development rights; government and charitable funding and donor agreements; negotiation of mixed-use condominium structures; and the formation and counseling of small or special-purpose corporations, including tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporations and New York State public authorities.

Sue also advises clients in forming small and special-purpose corporations, including tax-exempt and nonprofit corporations. One of Susan’s areas of focus is the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act (NPRA), and she has written and lectured extensively on the subject.


Representative Matters

  • Counseled clients on development and construction of a proposed new museum building for the Studio Museum in Harlem on West 125th Street in Upper Manhattan, including real estate transactions, zoning and environmental review and approvals, public and private funding and financing, and possible new market tax credits
  • Counseled the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation on land use, environmental, and real estate matters related to the redevelopment and revitalization of the areas of Lower Manhattan affected by the events of September 11, 2001, encompassing the World Trade Center Memorial and Redevelopment Plan, and other projects throughout Lower Manhattan
  • Advised the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery on procurement, construction, real estate, contracting, grants, and governance matters related to the $3.8 billion in federal disaster relief funding allocated for New York State after Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and Superstorm Sandy
  • Counseled the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and its constituents in developing a master plan for the reconstruction, renovation, and modernization of the Lincoln Center campus, including creation of a project governance structure
  • Served as land use, environmental, and real estate counsel for redevelopment of the Mount Sinai Health System hospital and medical school properties throughout New York City, including zoning analysis and master planning, obtaining zoning variances from the Board of Standards and Appeals, CEQR environmental reviews, subdivision of tax lots, purchase and sale and easement transactions, revocable consent approvals, and design and construction contract issues
  • Represented the United States Tennis Association (USTA) in its $600 million expansion and capital improvement project at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center – home of the U.S. Open – in Queens, New York
  • Served as land use and environmental counsel for renovation and restoration of the American Museum of Natural History's (AMNH) historic campus, including a proposed new Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation; also represented the AMNH Planetarium Authority – a state agency – throughout public and government review of the Planetarium and North Side Project, and subsequent litigation
  • Served as real estate counsel to United Water New York for the Haverstraw Water Supply Project, a proposed desalination facility on the Hudson River, as a source of public water supply in Rockland County, New York
  • Counseled clients in creating a nonprofit corporation to maintain and operate the 12½-acre Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
  • Advised the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) on the development of and relocation to the new Moynihan Station; the redevelopment of Pennsylvania Station (Penn Station), New York; and the planned trans-Hudson River tunnel at Hudson Yards
  • Served as real estate and construction counsel for planning, design, construction, financing, and government funding of the Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center, a performance, education, and broadcast facility in the Time Warner Center Condominium at Columbus Circle
  • Served as real estate and construction counsel to Sims Metal Management in contracting, lease agreement, and funding for a new Sunset Park Materials Recycling Facility on a city-owned pier in Brooklyn, New York; and a New York City Transit Authority contract for recycling subway cars
  • Represented HealthCare Chaplaincy in a planned development of an innovative enhanced assisted-living facility for research, education, and practice of spirit-centered palliative care in Lower Manhattan, including modification to a large-scale plan under a New York City zoning resolution
  • Represented the Art Students League in a transfer of development rights and the right to cantilever over the League’s landmark building, including advice regarding the League’s membership approval process, which was later upheld in litigation




  • M.P.A. New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service 1993
  • J.D. New York University School of Law 1992
  • Editor, Review of Law and Social Change

    Managing Editor, Environmental Law Journal

  • B.A. magna cum laude George Washington University 1988

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Co-chair, New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Real Property Law Section, Committee on Not-for-Profit Entities and Concerns
  • Member, NYSBA Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee
  • Chair, NYSBA Subcommittee on New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA)
  • WX, New York Women Executives in Real Estate


  • Recognized in Legal 500, Real Estate, 2017 - 2018
  • Recognized in Legal 500, Land Use/Zoning, 2016
  • Received the "Exceptional Community Service for the Arts" award from Random Farms Kids' Theatre, 2015
  • Named "Top Real Estate Women Attorneys" in New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2013
  • Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition, Real Estate, New York, 2013
  • Listed in New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2006-2007 and 2009-2012


Pro Bono

  • Performs pro bono work for the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center on governance, real estate, and contract matters