Daniel M Bernstein, Attorney at law • Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. • New York City NY, USA | Finest Residences

Daniel M Bernstein

Attorney at law at Rosenberg & Estis, P.C

  • Service Areas: Greater New York City, NY, USA
  • Specialties: Tax Incentives & Affordable Housing Department, real estate acquisition, financing, leasing, Declarations of Condominium, and condominium offering plans.

About Daniel M Bernstein

Daniel M Bernstein is a prominent member and leader of Rosenberg & Estis, P.C.‘s Tax Incentives & Affordable Housing Department since 2017. He specializes in affordable housing and urban development issues in New York.

Mr. Bernstein is an expert in helping clients obtain property tax exemptions and abatements. This includes new and old 421-a, ICAP/ICIP, 420-c, 420-a, J-51, and Article XI, among others. In addition to property tax exemptions and abatements, Mr. Bernstein’s expertise includes development rights bonuses and incentives and zoning requirements. Specifically, he focuses on Voluntary and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing, FRESH program, and Zoning for Quality and Affordability for New York City projects.

Daniel M Bernstein’s expertise extends beyond tax incentives and affordable housing to include various real estate matters. He has extensive knowledge in the assessment and taxation of real property in New York. He is also experienced in handling acquisition, financing, and leasing transactions. Additionally, he has experience in drafting Declarations of Condominium and condominium offering plans. Additionally, he has extensive experience in helping real estate developers obtain economic incentives for their residential, commercial, or mixed-use projects.

If you need expert assistance with tax incentives and affordable housing in New York, consult with Daniel M Bernstein at Rosenberg & Estis, P.C.

Notable Work

Daniel M Bernstein’s legal career started in a major New York labor union and with several not-for-profit organizations, where he focused on immigration, healthcare, and public benefit issues. In those roles, he handled litigation in U.S. District and Circuit Courts. After that, he spent over a decade representing some of the city’s major residential, commercial, and mixed-use real estate developers at two New York City real estate law firms before joining Rosenberg & Estis.

  • Daniel M Bernstein represented early adopters of the new “Affordable New York Housing Program”. This switched to this program from the old 421-a tax exemption program.
  • Prepared and filed applications for development rights under the NYC Inclusionary Housing Program. This includes projects qualifying for tax exemption under both the Affordable New York Housing Program and the “old” 421-a program.
  • Represented NY Affordable Housing developer in connection with 420-c property tax exemption program for project receiving low income housing tax credits.
  • Represented national residential developer on New York City residential and mixed-use rental projects in connection with applications for 421-a property tax exemptions, analyses of maximum allowable rents under the 421-a tax exemption program, and preparation of 421-a lease riders for market-rate and affordable units.
  • Daniel M Bernstein Represented national residential developer on New York City residential condominium and cooperative projects through property tax exemption and condominium offering plan work. This involved guiding the client through the 421-a property tax exemption program and including for sale affordable units in mixed-income projects.
  • Represented New York developer on several of their mixed-income mixed-use projects, which included market-rate residential condominium units and rentals, affordable rental units, and retail/commercial space consisting of hundreds of residential units. This involved managing property tax exemption and abatement applications (421-a property tax exemption, 420-c property tax exemption, and ICAP property tax abatement), refining Declaration of Condominium to maximize property tax exemption and abatement programs, coordinating with Offering Plan counsel, and more.
  • Represented New York developer of new-construction hotel and medical office property in connection with ICAP property tax abatement program and projection of property taxes with and without ICAP benefits.
  • Represented developer of new-construction retail property in connection with ICAP property tax abatement program and coordination with leasing counsel regarding tax escalation clauses for tenants.
  • Represented New York developer of existing hotel property in connection with ICAP property tax abatement program and projection of property taxes with and without ICAP benefits.
  • Represented purchaser of existing residential property and conducted due diligence regarding 421-a property tax exemption benefits and the potential value of the property tax benefits at issue.
  • Represented seller of hotel property with pending application for ICAP property tax abatement benefits. Coordinated with seller’s transactional counsel and with purchaser’s transactional counsel.
  • Represented developer of new-construction commercial property in request to have the New York City Department of Finance remove building assessed value under Administrative Code provisions.
  • Projected assessed value and net operating income of major residential projects with and without various property tax exemption (421-a) and abatement (ICAP) programs. Assisted developers in making determination whether to make residential units affordable under the 421-a program.

Year joined firm

  • 2017

Areas of practice

  • NY Real Property Tax Assessment and Incentives
  • NYC Land Use and Zoning, Declarations of Condominium

Bar admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
    • J.D.
  • Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude)

Published works

  • Looking ahead to the challenges and opportunities coming in 2020, Real Estate Weekly, January 2020
  • Updated Rules For NYC’s 421-a Tax Exemption Beneficiaries, Law360, October 2018
  • 2017 Was the Year of New York City Real Estate Disruption, Commercial Observer, January 2018
  • Paths Forward for Multifamily Properties and Conversions to Residential Use, New York Law Journal, June 27, 2016
  • Brace for Impact of 421-a Statute, MIH and Issue of Subsidies, Real Estate Weekly, December 2, 2015
  • Tax Break Could Impact Housing, New York Daily News, May 25, 2011

Classes & Seminars

  • NYC Residential Developer & Operator Lunch-and-Learn, Speaker, March 2020
  • Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (“HSTPA”) – What Owners and Tenants (And Their Counsel) Need to Know, Speaker, October 2019
  • “Affordable Financing and Regulation Strategy,” NYC Affordable Housing Summit, Moderator, August 2019
  • CLE: Current Issues in Affordable Housing in New York City, Speaker, May 2019
  • New Housing Tax Incentives, NYC Bar Association, 2017
  • In the Zone: Updates on Mandatory Inclusionary Housing in NYC , Venable LLP, 2016
  • Development in The Wake of 421-a, NYC Bar Association, 2016

Language: English

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