2014 Owners Magazine
When digital imagery licenser Shutterstock moved its global headquarters uptown from the Financial District to a two-floor, 85,000-square-foot office in the Empire State Building earlier this year, the 11-year-old firm moved in the opposite direction of the city’s downtown tech trend. But the company’s terraced space that boasts employee game rooms themed around Super Mario Brothers and Alice in Wonderland is starting to represent the norm in a greened, amenity-laden landmark where social networking site LinkedIn occupies over 158,000 square feet and tenants will soon start visiting a new 15,000-square-foot gym and a 100-table luxury restaurant.
Before the famous building’s landlord, the Empire State Realty Trust, started renovations, 174 different tenants operated out of floors three through 25, company officials said. These days, only LinkedIn, Shutterstock and four other companies have filled those floors to capacity.
Empire State Realty Trust has exercised its options to purchase the ground and operating leases at 112 West 34th Street and the ground lease at 1400 Broadway for a total of approximately $734 million in cash, stock and operating partnership units, the real estate investment trust announced today.
The REIT will acquire 112 West 34th Street for $423.6 million. The purchase price consists of $87.7 million of existing mortgage debt, $115.5 million cash and $220.4 million in shares and partnership units. The leasehold in 1400 Broadway will be acquired for $310 million. The price consists of $80 million of existing mortgage debt, $85.5 million cash and $144.5 million in shares and partnership units.
The holiday season will be full of color and holiday décor at Manhattan’s tallest buildings thanks to Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.
The Empire State Building, which stands 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan, will boast state-of-the-art holiday decorations in its lobby, a full LED light display and holiday concerts for the 2013 holiday season. The Empire State Building will continue the annual lighting of its tower to commemorate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. In addition to the holiday lights, the building will have pianists in the lobby and choir performances on the 80th floor. A full list of holiday events and concerts is available on the company’s website.
2013 Owners Magazine
The New York State Attorney General’s office is reportedly reviewing the Leona M. Helmsley estate’s liquidation of its stake in the properties launched as part of the Empire State Realty Trust REIT last month, which includes the Empire State Building.
The process will begin once the Helmsley estate files a final accounting of the sale Read More
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This year’s 2013 Owners Magazine includes 42 questionnaires and profiles from New York City’s most active landlords weighing in on politics, culture, and real estate. Read More
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In the end, months of contentious lawsuits, investor squabbles and multiple bids to purchase the Empire State Building didn’t stop Peter and Tony Malkin and the Empire State Realty Trust from going public.
The company’s shares began trading its initial public offering, 71,500,000 shares of Class A common stock, at $13 on the New York Stock Exchange today under the symbol “ESRT.”
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Following Anthony Malkin and Malkin Holdings’ A letter sent yesterday by attorney Stephen Meister, who represents a group of investors opposed to a plan to create a REIT that includes the Empire State Building as an asset, states that the $1.4 billion offer is viable because it is “materially greater” than the appraised value of Read More
Up and Coming
Anthony Malkin and Malkin Holdings plan to move ahead with plans for a public REIT that would include the Empire State Building as an asset, according to a letter filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and sent to investors on Friday.
The announcement comes despite a string of unsolicited offers made over Read More
A massive chunk of retail space across the street from the Macy‘s flagship will be up for grabs in 2015, and the marketing is heating up.
Foot Locker currently occupies much of the retail portion at 112 West 34th Street in Herald Square. But when that least expires, landlord W&H Properties will have 90,000 square feet of retail real estate to fill.
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Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP has signed an expansion at W&H Properties’ 1350 Broadway, the landlord announced last week. The law firm, which moved to the building in 2007, increased its presence by 35 percent and will now occupy a total of 37,609 square feet across three floors.
“Tarter Krinsky & Drogin has been a tenant at 1350 Broadway during a period in which we have transformed the property in a $53-million, top-to-bottom upgrade program,” said Anthony Malkin, president of Malkin Holdings, which oversees the W&H portfolio, in a prepared statement. “This expansion demonstrates that we’ve delivered on our promises and ensured the highest levels of tenant satisfaction.”
Months of wrangling with dissenting investors finally earned Malkin Holdings the number of votes necessary to launch a REIT that would include the Empire State Building as an asset, but now the company says it is reviewing multiple offers that could lead to its sale.
The latest offer comes from one of the Read More
The U.S. Real Estate arm of German insurance company Allianz is relocating to One Grand Central Place from 1114 Avenue of the Americas after signing a 10-year lease for over 7,000 square feet on the 37th floor of the W&H Properties building. Asking rents were $59 per square foot.
“We chose the location based on the competitive rent, the build out that the landlord is undertaking, the excellent light and views and the proximity to Grand Central,” Greg Taubin, executive managing director at Studley, who represented the tenant, told The Commercial Observer.
It may have taken slightly longer An SEC filing issued by the Malkins today states that “more than the supermajority” of voters have approved the plan, but a spokesperson for the Malkins said the voting remains open.
“We urge all investors who have not yet voted in favor of the proposed consolidation and IPO to Read More
Malkin Holdings LLC is less than half of one percentage point away from gaining the number of votes it needs to launch the controversial real estate investment trust that would include the Empire State Building as an asset, according to a regulatory filing from Anthony and Peter Malkin.
The new filing states that 79.6 percent Read More
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.