“I’ll be honest with you,” Gregg Weisser said. “It caught me by surprise.”
Mr. Weisser, the senior vice president and director of commercial real estate at the Moinian Group, was discussing the dramatic rise of Midtown South as a real estate, tech, media and fashion powerhouse. But he likens the fast-paced big-city success story to a leisurely drive upstate.
Google is on the verge of signing a 360,000 square-foot lease at Related Companies’ 85 10th Avenue in what may be a result of unsuccessful attempts to expand further into its 111 Eighth Avenue headquarters.
The New York Post, which first reported the pending deal, called the negotiations at the 540,000-square-foot, 10th Avenue building “hush-hush,” but the company’s Read More
Beth Israel Medical Center signed a 15-year, 98,913-square-foot lease extension at 111 Eighth Avenue, the 2.9-million-square-foot Chelsea building owned by Google.
Robert Martin and Barbara Winter of Jones Lang LaSalle represented the tenant. Google was represented by Matthew Weir of Taconic Investment Partners along with Kenneth Rapp, David Hollander and Doug Lehman of CBRE.
Hollywood on the Hudson is getting a new star.
YouTube announced plans this week for a creative studio in Chelsea, a neighborhood at the forefront of Manhattan’s production (and post-production) boom. The video-sharing site will open its 25,000-square-foot digs at 22 West 21st Street in October 2014.
A string of recent large office building sales reflects increased investor hunger for safe, long-term bets, amid a post-recession environment characterized by lower commercial mortgage delinquencies, higher confidence and streaming lines of credit.
Published reports show that on Friday two foreign investors bought a 40 percent stake in the General Motors Building, valued at $3.4 Read More
A 40-percent stake in the General Motors Building has been acquired by the family of Chinese real estate developer Zhang Xin, through The Sungate Trust, and M. Safra and Co. Inc., the investment firm of the Brazilian Safra family, from the Goldman Sachs Real Estate Opportunities Fund and Meraas Capital. According to reports, the stake sold for $1.4 billion, valuing the property at $3.4 billion.
“This landmark sale signals a return to the billion-dollar plus level for an individual investment transaction and is recognition of the value for elite trophy assets by the most sophisticated global investors,” said Darcy Stacom, of CBRE, who brokered the sale alongside colleague Bill Shanahan, in a prepared statement. “This sale underscores both the GM Building’s universal appeal as one of the world’s most important commercial assets and New York City’s un-diminished value, as the premier location for trophy investment properties.”
The Carlyle Group has agreed to sell the 27-story office and retail tower at 650 Madison Avenue to Crown Acquisitions and Highgate for $1.3 billion.
“We are delighted to reach this agreement with Crown and Highgate, two of the smartest real estate owners around, on the sale of 650 Madison Avenue,” said Robert Stuckey, Carlyle managing director and head of U.S. real estate, in a prepared statement. “This is a great outcome for our investors and validates our opportunistic approach.
From a Taconic Investment Partners project in Hunts Point to the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan, power in New York real estate circles has increasingly expanded from the comfortable confines of Midtown Manhattan to the fringes of all five boroughs. While large developments such as the Related Company’s Hudson Yards often dominate the conversation, Brooklyn, Queens and even the Bronx continue to grow in stature.
Long Island City is fast becoming a focal point for the real estate industry as Rockrose and other residential developers tap into the growing Queens neighborhood. In the Bronx, Taconic Investment Partners, formerly the owners of 111 Eighth Avenue, is in the process of a significant capital improvement plan at the BankNote Building on Lafayette Avenue in Hunt’s Point.
Below, a sampling of where power thrives in New York City in 2013.
From the outside, 222 Broadway fits the stereotype of the Downtown financial office tower.
But when Bank of America downsized, leaving roughly 250,000 square feet of space vacant, a series of tours guided by its new owner, L&L Holdings, quickly blasted that stereotype away.
Condé Nast committed to 80,000 square feet at the tower in early March. WeWork, which provides collaborative workspace for tech and media companies, was next in line.
A decade ago, a walk down Fifth Avenue near 17th Street would have included a stop at advertising firm Geer DuBois, and a walk farther north on Park Avenue South would have culminated in a visit to Angelo & Maxie’s Steakhouse.
Both were pioneering tenants, willing to take a chance on the less desirable precincts of Midtown South—and both are gone.
Midtown South is starting to look a little like Downtown North.
In the latest sign of the evolution of Manhattan’s former no-man’s land between Midtown and Downtown into the hottest office submarket in the U.S., Cushman & Wakefield last week noted a migration of financial firms into Midtown South and a corresponding overflow of technology and media firms into the Financial District over the past 10 years.
“We’ve never seen such an intertwining of the Midtown South market and Downtown,” Andrew Peretz, executive vice president at C&W, said in an interview.
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Google has completed a deal to expand its presence at Chelsea Market by approximately 90,000 square feet, a source familiar with the deal confirmed with The Commercial Observer.
The tech giant’s total space at the Market will now total about 250,000 square feet. The new space is spread throughout the building, according to the source.
News of the lease was reported by the New York Post earlier this week. According to an earlier report by Crain’s, the deal includes a sublease of market research firm GFK’s fifth-floor space of 58,523 square feet.
This past February, 10Gen, developer of the computer system database MongoDB, was in search of new office space, specifically in tech- and media-rich Midtown South.
The company needed a large open layout for its workers, with an option for more space to allow the firm to grow—plus an option to terminate. Unfortunately, the ultra-tight market Read More
Giorgio Armani is getting a view over the High Line. The Italian fashion company has inked a lease for a 60,000-square-foot space at 450 West 15th Street in the Meatpacking District, sources familiar with the transaction confirmed to The Commercial Observer, and is due to move its headquarters and showroom to the space in October 2013.
New York-based real estate private equity and asset management firm Savanna has closed on its acquisition of two adjacent loft-style office buildings at 245 West 17th Street and 249 West 17th Street in Chelsea for $75.8 million, city records show.
Originally a dry goods warehouse and wagon house for the Siegel-Cooper Company department store, the property at 249 West 17th Street is a 145,000-square-foot, six-story building. The other property, equal in square footage, is 12 stories high.
The two properties have a combined 40,000 square feet of office space and are located within a couple blocks of Chelsea Market, the Meatpacking District and Google’s 111 Eighth Avenue.