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Power 100

Power 100

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SHORTLY AFTER I TOOK OVER AT Commercial Observer last fall, I got the first email on this subject: “When are you taking submissions for the Power 100?”

There have been many, many emails in the six months since asking the exact same thing.

Brokers, developers and some of the richest and most influential landlords in Read More


Day 1 of ICSC, Via @CommObserver


No deal is complete without a tweet.

With throngs of movers and shakers descending upon the International Council of Shopping Centers‘ New York City National Deal Making Conference, reporters from Commercial Observer fanned out to capture all the action. In case you didn’t have a chance to make the trek to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for #NYConf, here’s a brief roundup of the top posts from CO‘s Twitter feed. Read More

Industry Events

VIDEO: The State of the CRE Market

Earlier this month, an esteemed panel of real estate professionals fielded questions on the state of the commercial real estate market in post-Bloomberg New York. The panel, part of the sixth annual NYC Real Estate Expo, was moderated by Commercial Observer‘s Lauren Elkies Schram. While Ofer Yardeni, chief executive officer and co-chairman of Stonehenge Partners, caused a stir with his “bubble” talk, there were other gems shared by the colorful panelists.

Read a story about the panel here or watch a segment of the panel in the News Funnel video. Read More


Meet the City’s Top 10 Boutique Brokerages

Brett Maslin and David Levy

While the largest New York City real estate companies often command the biggest headlines, many firms with fewer than 10 brokers make big deals as well. Commercial Observer breaks down 10 of the smaller firms with large footprints in the city’s thriving commercial market. Read More

Power 100

The 7th Annual Power 100

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Many of the people featured in Commercial Observer’s seventh annual Power 100 issue are power perennials. But despite the long list of mainstays, the ranking says as much about what’s changed as what’s stayed the same in the real estate capital of the world. Read More

Lease Beat

Evercore Grabs More Space on East 52nd Street

Courtesy of Agorafy

Independent investment banking advisory firm Evercore Partners has signed a lease to expand its offices in New York. 

The firm, which advises clients on mergers, acquisitions, public offerings and other strategic transactions, will add 30,356 square feet to its New York presence, taking the entire 11th floor and a portion of the 12th floor at 40 East 52nd Street. Move-in is expected later this summer. The deal spans the next nine years.  Read More

Mortgage Observer

So They Say: Blackstone’s Jonathan Gray Talks Crisis Opportunity and Global Expansion


Speculation has continued to build that Blackstone Group’s 43-year-old global head of real estate, Jonathan Gray, may well take over for the private equity firm’s CEO Stephen Schwarzman or President and Chief Operating Officer Hamilton “Tony” James should either retire in the near future. Mortgage Observer looks back on some rare quotes the media-shy billionaire has provided to the media—most of them in mid-2013. Read More

The Party Circuit

The Party Circuit: Prince Realty Advisors’ Pre-Valentine’s Day Cocktail Party

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Prince Realty Advisors' Pre-Valentine's Day Cocktail Party

Real estate investment brokerage and capital markets group Prince Realty Advisors, which calls itself a “matchmaker” for its clients, hosted a “pre-Valentine’s Day cocktail party,” on February 11. Celebrating the firm’s clients and colleagues, party attendees gathered at the Hudson Bond, at 215 West 40th Street, in which Prince Realty’s founder and principal, David Ash, is an investor. Mr. Ash, who brokered the nearly $280 million purchase of the Beatrice in Chelsea last year, said that Brooklyn was pretty mainstream now, noting that the borough is “not a fad any longer.” In attendance were Prince Realty’s Kyle Stein, who was recently named managing director of the firm’s debt and equity division (as Commercial Observer reported), and Simon Ziff, the president of financial brokerage Ackman-Ziff, which arranged a $255 million refinancing of Milford Plaza hotel in 2013

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The Party Circuit

Northwood Investors Mansion On Madison Party

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Northwood Investors Mansion On Madison Party

The 26,190-square-foot Mansion on Madison, formerly the Villard Mansion, was reintroduced to the real estate industry last week. Previously railroad tycoon Henry Villard’s mansion, the grand residence at the New York Palace Hotel is being transformed by owners Northwood Investors. Marketed as a flagship retail location or a unique corporate office, the Mansion on Madison drew a large crowd last Thursday night for a “Midwinter’s Bash.” Jedd Nero, the executive vice president of retail services at CBRE, was on hand to point out some of the building’s more unique features. Read More