Benny G. has been in real estate for 30 months and he’s starting to hit his stride. He was introduced to a couple of tenants through the referral group that he attends twice a month at 7 a.m. He met a small tenant through a relationship at his alma mater and he placed several tenants Read More
By David Greene 1/09 7:00am
It comes as no surprise to us that positive numbers continue to be announced day after day, week after week. According to the University of Michigan study often quoted by Bloomberg News, the consumer confidence index is now at 82.5 when only 40 days ago it was at 73.2. The index is at its highest Read More
By David Greene 12/05/13 4:11pm
As Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio approaches his first day in office, perhaps the most important issue in this city is who he will choose for Police Commissioner.
And as of today, that person is William Bratton.
Everything that benefits this city starts with a willingness and a trust that when people step outside their doorway Read More
By David Greene 11/21/13 6:00am
We work in a very small community. Granted, Manhattan sees 53 million visitors per year, and many hundreds of thousands of companies work here and employ millions of people. But the people who help make this happen, the commercial brokers in New York, are a small group of people. It is a sophisticated community, and Read More
By David Greene 11/07/13 6:00am
You “need to reschedule again.” You are in residential real estate but want a change. You showed up 45 minutes late for our interview. These are a few of the reasons I didn’t hire you.
I have sat through hundreds of interviews. There are few things in this business as depressing as knowing from the start, Read More
By David Greene 10/24/13 7:00am
Phew, I feel so much better now that Congress ended a shutdown with three seconds to go before the debt limit expiration. I feel like the Chicago Bulls did whenever Michael Jordan had the ball at the end of a game. Way to go, Congress!
Though Bill de Blasio is a staunch Red Sox fan, Read More
By David Greene 10/03/13 6:00am
Doing business in New York or, for that matter, anywhere in the world is much more difficult if you don’t have all the facts and can’t figure out what will happen next.
Though the overall Manhattan office leasing market remains segmented in several submarkets, the landlord has the advantage. On Park Avenue South, from 16th Read More
By David Greene 9/19/13 2:28pm
It’s been five years since Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy in the middle of the night on September 15th of 2008. More than 26,000 Lehman employees eventually lost their jobs as fear gripped the financial markets.
Many people see this moment in history as the bookmark for the real beginning of the Great Recession though Read More
By David Greene 9/05/13 6:00am
Let’s face it: Summer as we know it is now over.
We are now in the middle of the “back to school” period, all of the holidays, the sun goes down earlier, the sun comes up later, the leaves start to change color—“boo!”—Halloween, the clock falls backward, the new mayor gets elected, and then the Read More
By David Greene 8/22/13 6:00am
Several years ago, I had the pleasure of congratulating a friend who made what I thought was a terrific career choice: she moved from a very large firm to a mid-sized firm. I will never forget what she said when describing the change: “I had to get off the Death Star.”
Our business is one Read More
By David Greene 8/08/13 7:00am
In the summer of 1974, America was witnessing the complete disintegration of a presidency.
Richard Nixon and his cronies were caught in the middle of the Watergate scandal. The nation fixated on the subject for months, wishing that it would go away but returning every evening to learn more, a veritable habit we could not Read More
By David Greene 7/25/13 6:00am
Summertime is on us like a warm blanket in a sauna.
The heat radiates off the subway grids on the street, the air barely moves at all. Experienced New Yorkers find small ways to maintain some sense of dignity in heat like this. Standing at the top of the train platform until a train arrives, Read More
By David Greene 7/11/13 6:00am
How exciting has this tech and new media expansion been for our business and for our great city?
Technology and new media firms have created thousands of new jobs and have leased millions of square feet in the last four years. They have re-energized our business and the City of New York, affecting not only Read More
By David Greene 6/27/13 6:00am
What makes America great can be summed up in three words: freedom of choice.
There were many explorers who traveled to the New World. Many brave people explored the northeast but it was the Dutch who landed here and made their home here after the Indigenous Indians had been here for a thousand years. The Read More
By David Greene 6/13/13 6:00am
A number of years ago at Murray Hill Properties, well before the transition of leadership from one generation to the next, there was talk of selling the brokerage division to the brokers.
It would have provided incentive to the brokers, who could become owners, and senior leadership would have benefited too. After multiple meetings over Read More