Lawsuits

Legal Wrangling Over Worldwide Plaza Deal Set to Continue

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RXR Realty’s legal representation plans to pursue its lawsuit against American Realty Capital and George Comfort & Sons over the sale of Worldwide Plaza, Stephen Meister, attorney for RXR, told The Commercial Observer.

The lawsuit, filed last month, alleges RXR had reached an agreement to buy the 48.9 percent stake in the 59-story, 1.8-million-square-foot tower with American Realty Capital as an investment partner, which included the right to purchase the entire property for a combined $1.35 billion. Read More

Assignments

CBRE Named Exclusive Agent for 218 West 18th Street

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American Realty Capital New York Recovery REIT has selected CBRE as the exclusive leasing and managing agent for 218 West 18th Street, it was announced today. Gregg Rothkin and Ben Fastenberg of CBRE will continue to market the property.

The building boasts availability on the second and sixth floors, both measuring 13,500 square feet, according to a statement. Ownership is planning to undertake a pre-build of the sixth floor. Read More

ICSC

Retail’s Big Renaissance

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With more than 50 million tourists running amok each year, consumers feeling recharged, and throngs of foreign retailers streaming in, Manhattan’s prime retail corridors are not only booming—they’re expanding.

High rents and low vacancies in prime corridors are changing the invisible boundary lines that once separated high- and low-end sections of Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue, Greenwich Village and other retail corridors throughout the city, analysts and real estate brokers claim.

“When these big names and huge chains move into these areas, people just love to follow them,” said Jeffrey Roseman, an executive vice president and principal with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s retail division. “They become anchors and magnets to pull others.”

Just as the earlier success of Urban Outfitters and H&M sparked further expansion below 49th Street on Fifth Avenue, and Alfred Dunhill and watchmaker Panerai boosted retail appeal below 57th Street on Madison when they emerged in 2009, aspirational clothing retailers are now doing the same in Greenwich Village. Read More

Mortgage Beat

ARC New York Recovery REIT Inc. Expands in Brooklyn

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American Realty Capital New York Recovery REIT Inc., a non-traded real estate investment program and part of American Realty Capital, is expanding its presence in Brooklyn commercial and residential real estate. The company has announced the acquisition of 50 rental units and a 36-space parking facility at The 163 Washington Condominiums in Clinton Hill, not long after having closed the financing of three retail and office buildings in Sheepshead Bay.

The $31.5 million purchase of the condominium at 163 Washington Avenue increases the total size of the company’s portfolio to $213.1 million, comprised of 12 properties. Read More