The Conrad New York, a lower Manhattan luxury hotel, is using technology and beefing up its Wi-Fi service to enhance its reputation among contemporary travelers. The Hilton-branded hotel, located off the Hudson River in Battery Park City, is giving guests the power to request hotel services without dialing the front desk from a traditional phone.
Guests at the Conrad can request hotel services from their iPhone and iPad during their stay at the property on- and off-site once the room is booked. The new-age spin on luxury hotel services is packaged in its concierge application. Guests can request towels, make spa appointments and order breakfast, airport pickup and other services from the app. Read More
In an unprecedented deal that reached upwards of $200 per square foot, Itaú BBA USA Securities Inc., a branch of the Brazilian Banco Itaú, will increase its operation from 25,000 square feet to 35,000 square feet on the prized 50th floor of 767 Fifth Avenue.
With outstanding views of the Central Park and Midtown, the floor plates at the 50-story tower, otherwise known as the General Motors Building, span 40,000 square feet, leaving a mere 5,000-square-foot office to share the view, brokers said. Read More
From stone emerged brick, from brick came steel. Glass and steel followed. Now, simple glass design takes shape across the city.
Is it just a cool design, or a window into a future society; a tale from a science fiction novel, as glass cubes spring up across the city, mimicking the transparency of our lives. Read More
JC Penney CEO Ron Johnson is out… as keynote speaker at next month’s ICSC RECon 2013 conference.
The head of arguably the most embattled U.S. retailer was probably an odd choice all along for the event, which takes place May 19 through 22 in Las Vegas. Read More
National retailers are pushing north from 72nd Street on the Upper East Side, chasing changing demographics and searching for value, according to several brokers active in the market. Both 86th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues and Madison Avenue north of 72nd Street have seen strong activity and booming lease prices.
“I did deals up there 10 or 15 years ago and was hard-pressed to push $110 to $120 per square foot,” said Patrick Breslin, executive vice president of global retail at Studley. “Today, if you can find good real estate on Lex on 82nd to 85th, you’re looking at $400, $500, $600 per square foot.” Read More
A onetime citadel of finance is proving to be a complicated sell.
The former J.P. Morgan headquarters at 23 Wall Street has been without a tenant for about seven years. And ambitious plans to woo a large retailer are being reconsidered.
Built in 1914, 23 Wall Street—also known as The Corner—has had a dramatic and occasionally fraught history. It was bombed in 1920, possibly by an Italian anarchist. The blast killed 38 people. The New York Stock Exchange is across the street, but despite the foot traffic its location generates, the property’s fortified address is a major reason why retailers—and large department stores in particular—have been reluctant to move in. Read More
Brazil-based Springs Global, a company that manufactures home furnishings, has signed a 10-year lease for a 10,666-square-foot showroom at 100-104 Fifth Avenue. Asking rent was $60 per square foot.
Springs Global is moving from a neighboring building where it will sublease its space. 100-104 Fifth Avenue is jointly owned by the Kaufman Organization, also the landlord, and Invesco Real Estate. The lease was reported yesterday by Crain’s. Read More
The December 2011 opening of the Grand Central Terminal Apple store was another in a long line of developments that bolstered the station’s status after years of sooty neglect not only as a thriving, glimmering transportation hub, but also as a destination for people with no plans to board a train.
“It’s a fantastic place to manage, and it’s a great place for any kind of commercial activity,” said former Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman and New York mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota. “Apple moved in and was another transformation that led to more and more people coming through.”
Apple arrived 35 years after the campaign to save Grand Central accelerated under the stewardship of Jacqueline Onassis. When the grand old Pennsylvania Station was demolished in 1963 to make way for today’s Penn Station, it jolted Ms. Onassis and others in New York’s incipient landmark preservation movement.
iPad kiosks and a genius bar attest to Grand Central’s general comeback and emergence as a retail destination. But its central function as a railroad station hasn’t budged over the course of 100 years that have seen the advent of commercial air travel and spiffy, modernized transit centers around the world. Read More
A property at 309 West 57th Street in Midtown West that once housed a Victorian Gothic church and later saw the likes of John Lennon and Frank Sinatra pass through its doors has changed hands for $42.5 million.
The 16-story, 75,600-square-foot rental property with 102 apartments and nearly 14,000 square feet of commercial space – currently home to night club Providence NYC – was purchased by New York City-based real estate investment firms Imperium Capital and Bronstein Properties.
The property, site of a former church and later a prominent recording studio, is located near a number of popular amenities and development projects, and it’s the latest in a string of high-profile acquisitions made by Imperium Capital. Read More
With the long-awaited Barclays Center open and new residential and mixed-use development projects popping up across Downtown Brooklyn, a retail conundrum is growing along the 17-block Fulton Mall.
The national and in some cases high-end retailers moving onto the strip paint a stark contrast to the long list of mom-and-pops, local discounters and jewelry shops that once almost exclusively lined the street. Read More
Eyeglass maker Warby Parker has signed a lease for its first permanent retail location, taking about 2,500 square feet at 121 Greene Street in Soho.
Warby Parker rose to prominence successfully selling prescription eyeglasses online, a product many shoppers had preferred to buy in person even well into the age of Internet commerce. Read More
Yelp, the user-generated review site, has signed a 7-year lease to take an additional 20,000 square feet at 100-104 Fifth Avenue, The Commercial Observer has learned.
All told, the San Francisco-based tech company will be occupying 29,505 square feet in the building, which is jointly owned by The Kaufman Organization and Invesco Real Estate.
It was some time around 2010 when Grant Greenspan—a 50-year-old real estate broker to denim makers in the 1980s and 1990s—came around to his company’s view that investing in a building in Midtown South would be, shall we say, a financially prudent decision.
His company, the Kaufman Organization, had been considering the acquisition of 183 Madison Avenue and 100-104 Fifth Avenue, but both buildings came with risk. Read More
As Soho continues its 20-year transformation from bohemian enclave to luxury retail bazaar, brands like Apple and Uniqlo have added to the neighborhood’s near impenetrable aura of luxury and glitz by converting old spaces into fashionable shopping destinations.
But simply boasting a Soho address isn’t always enough for some retailers.To M.A.C. Cosmetics, which operated a storefront on 113 Spring Street for more than 15 years, foot traffic appeared enviously higher throughout the nearby Broadway corridor.
“They were definitely leaving some money on the table by not having all the footfall that Broadway provides,” said Robert Cohen, 39, a Robert K. Futterman & Associates retail broker who represented M.A.C. Cosmetics in its move earlier this year to Broadway. Read More