Louie Liu immigrated to the United States from China in the 1990s and settled in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. He believes that real estate can help create the foundations of a strong community. He considers his development work with his company, the Really Management Company in Brooklyn, his greatest passion, he told the Queens Tribune.
BY JAMES FARRELL
“I loved to join real estate to develop and maintain nicely built buildings,” he said. “I’d love to do real estate for my whole life. It’s like my artwork.”
But Liu’s focus on community extends beyond his development expertise. Liu has started two organizations that work to bring safety and growth to Brooklyn’s Chinatown community in Sunset Park.
In 2006, he started a nonprofit known as the Brooklyn Community Improvement Association (BCIA), which works to improve sanitation, increase safety, help the vulnerable and address quality of life issues.
He also formed the Brooklyn Asian Civilian Observation Patrol—which is New York City’s first Asian citizen patrol unit.
“We’re doing a good job,” he said of BCIA. “We have very good connections from everywhere, a lot of people, a lot of elected officials … to help grow our Asian communities. That’s why the Brooklyn Asian community grows up very, very fast.”
With the BCIA, Liu also hopes to create a good culture for Asian businesses by working with the local chamber of commerce. And with the Civilian Observation Patrol, he hopes to help the residents feel safe.
He started the latter in response to the Brooklyn Asian community’s rapid growth to ensure that the community stayed safe.
But Liu also believes that his work in the real estate industry can offer similar benefits to the community, especially as Asian immigrants continue to come into the area in search of a better life and a familiar community. By helping to develop and manage both residential and commercial locations, he can help create a community in which those immigrants can feel comfortable.
“We develop the new houses that people can buy in and can stay there,” he said. “The Asian cultures, a lot of people want to live together in the same area, so each different family can talk to each other. That’s the Asian culture in China, they want to stay in that culture in the Chinatown area.”
His company has developed and maintains four condo buildings as well as one hotel building and some mixed use developments, all in the Brooklyn Chinatown area. He has developed restaurants, bakeries, Laundromats and a tutoring center.
Liu lives in Sunset Park with his wife and their three children. His son attends Buffalo University, his daughter goes to Cornell and his youngest daughter is 11 years old.