Al Barbarino

Power Broker

Tom Donovan: Massey Knakal’s King of Queens

Tom Donovan. (Photo: Arman Dzidzovic)

To say Massey Knakal’s Tom Donovan knows Queens like the back of his hand might be an understatement–so much so that his colleagues call him “MapQuest” when it comes to the borough.

He derived his GPS-like abilities from delivering pizzas across Queens as a youth, and later as an NYPD cop patrolling the borough’s streets. Read More

Lease Beat

Tech Firm Takes Full Floor at 386 Park Avenue South


Advertising technology firm The Trade Desk has signed a long-term lease for a relocation to the entire 13,121-square-foot 17th floor at William Macklowe Company’s 386 Park Avenue South.

The company expects to relocate from its current 12 West 27th Street offices to its new Manhattan headquarters at the 260,000-square-foot Class A building this fall. Read More

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RKF’s Growing Gains

430 West 15th Street, where RKF is marketing 27,000 square feet of retail.

After recently expanding several of its offices, including those in Manhattan, RKF’s Robert Futterman said the retail brokerage could stray from its anti-poaching past as it continues to grow amid ideal market conditions.

The firm expanded this month into 20,987 square feet on the seventh floor at 521 Fifth Avenue, as first reported by Commercial Observer. The firm also recently struck deals for larger offices in New Jersey and Miami and has made forays into London and Toronto. Read More


Ian Schrager Taps CBRE for 20 Times Square Retail

A rendering of the 20 Times Square Edition hotel.

The retail, at the northeast corner of Seventh Avenue at 47th Street, in Times Square’s bow-tie and across the street from 2 Times Square and the iconic Coca-Cola sign, will feature 200 feet of wraparound frontage, a 25-foot-tall glass storefront and flexible floor sizes ranging from 10,700 to 14,700 square feet. Read More


Landmarks Denies Developer’s Upper East Side Demolition Plans

The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted against the demolition of two Upper East Side buildings.

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has voted unanimously to deny the Stahl Organization’s request to demolish landmarked low-income housing on the Upper East Side.

The “hardship application” filed by the owner of the properties would have enabled the demolition of two landmarked buildings – at 429 East 64th Street and 430 East 65th Street – located within one of the city’s oldest housing developments for the city’s working poor. Read More

The Lobby

Cushman & Wakefield Hires Three NYPD Veterans to Back Ray Kelly

Michael Farrell, Phil Pulaski and David Kelly (l. to r.).

Cushman & Wakefield has hired three NYPD veterans to back former commissioner Raymond Kelly in his new gig as president of the firm’s new risk management services division.

Mr. Kelly said in a written statement that the new hires – Michael Farrell and Phil Pulaski, managing directors, and David Kelly, a director – bring “unparalleled expertise and experience in all areas of security, management, policy planning and implementation.” Read More

World Trade Center

Could String of World Trade Center Leases Appease Critics?


Hugo Boss is reportedly in talks with the Port Authority and the Durst Organization to take tens of thousands of square feet of office space at 1 World Trade Center, the latest in a string of rumored deals that could spark a new tone of optimism across the trade center site.

The news comes amid talk that online marketing software company Percolate is also in negotiations for 50,000 square feet at the gleaming tower. In addition, software developer MediaMath is said to be wrapping up a 120,000-square-foot lease at 4 World Trade Center, according to published reports.

A source close to the negotiations told Commercial Observer that the Hugo Boss deal is “not happening anytime soon,” calling the reports of a potential 100,000-square-foot commitment a “huge exaggeration.” Read More

The Lobby

Former Cushman & Wakefield Executive Joins CBRE

Theresa Morzello. (Credit: Wall Street Journal).

Former Cushman & Wakefield executive Theresa Morzello has joined CBRE to head up its building management division.

As a managing director, Ms. Morzello will oversee property management and project management, due diligence and accounting activities, and more than 50 properties, the firm announced today.  Read More

The Plan

Physicians for Human Rights at 256 West 38th Street

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The prominent human rights organization Physicians for Human Rights has relocated from Cambridge, Mass. into its new 8,000-square-foot headquarters at 256 West 38th Street, where the Nobel Peace Prize it won jointly as a member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines now greets guests. Founded in 1986, PHR uses medicine and science to help prevent and stop atrocities and severe human rights violations and has conducted investigations in more than 40 countries around the world. The nonprofit wanted to retain the space’s open plan on a “tight budget,” said Asifa Tirmizi, a co-founder with Scot Campbell of Tirmizi Campbell, the designer of the office. The result: a light-filled space that retains its industrial charm but with an array of contemporary additions. “The warm palate of the conference center contrasts nicely with the organic feel of the workstations,” said Ms. Tirmizi, who discussed the look and feel of a headquarters worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize winner.  Read More