Food & Drink

The Benjamin Group Will Open a Restaurant at 285 Madison

285 Madison Avenue.

The Benjamin Group has inked a 16-year deal to open a yet-to-be-named restaurant at RFR’s 285 Madison Avenue, Commercial Observer has learned.

The restaurateur, which also owns Benjamin Steakhouse and Sea Fire Grill, signed a lease for 9,020 square feet across the basement, ground floor and mezzanine of the 29-story building between East 40th and East 41st Streets, according to RFR. Read More

Cover Story, Feature

285 Madison Transformed

A rendering of 285 Madison Avenue.

In December 2011, 41-year-old advertising executive Suzanne Hart began an average Wednesday by entering the elevator in the lobby of her firm’s 285 Madison Avenue headquarters. As she stepped inside, the elevator suddenly leaped upward, tragically trapping Ms. Hart between the elevator and the wall of the now 88-year-old building. Two other elevator passengers, powerless to help, could only look on. Read More

Sales Beat

Building Where Y&R Exec Was Killed in Elevator Accident Up for Sale

285 Madison Avenue

The soon-to-be-former Madison Avenue digs of advertising giant Young & Rubicam, where one of its executives was killed in a freak elevator accident last year, is on the market, according to reports.

285 Madison Avenue, a 28-story, 415,638-square-foot building, is currently being marketed by a CBRE team of Darcy Stacom and William Shanahan. Once Young & Rubicam completes Read More

Spring Flings

Cushman & Wakefield “Spring Into Action Tour” to Spring Yet Again

Club Row Building

A Cushman & Wakefield team led by David Rosenbloom will be launching its second annual “Spring Into Action Tour,” an event that brings outside brokers into four Midtown office buildings owned by APF Properties. 

The event, which is set to take place on April 25, will allow brokers and their clients to explore 1156 Avenue of the Americas, 25 West 45th Street, the newly anointed “Club Row Building” at 28 West 44th Street, and 285 Madison Avenue.  Read More


Elevator That Killed Young & Rubicam Executive Had Dodgy Safety Protocols, City Confirms

Elevator victim Suzanne Hart (courtesy of Facebook)

The city Department of Buildings and the Department of Investigation announced the findings today from their investigation into the deadly 2011 elevator accident at 285 Madison Avenue that killed Young & Rubicam executive Suzanne Hart in rather horrific fashion, and both agencies confirmed that maintenance workers failed to repair the elevator up to city safety standards days prior to the incident. Read More