Masters of Real Estate
There’s “something major” happening in every submarket in the city, but will gridlock in Washington and the impending mayoral election thrust the city back into recession – or even into a backdrop of crime and bankruptcy reminiscent of the 1970’s?
Not a chance, said a group of the city’s top real estate developers at Observer Read More
Hughes, Hubbard & Reed has signed a 226,416-square-foot lease at Rudin Management Company’s One Battery Park Plaza – one of the largest Lower Manhattan deals of the year, which follows a surge in demand for big blocks of space.
The international law firm’s 20-year lease spans nearly 11 floors, comprising floors 10 through 18, a Read More
Tech and the City
The Downtown Alliance has announced LaunchLM, a city-backed initiative aimed at bringing together tech innovators below Chambers Street.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced the endeavor, which will be advised by a group of leaders including Rudin Management’s Bill Rudin, during a speech last week on New York City’s post-9/11 renewal.
“This new initiative will advance the tech community in Read More
Year in Real Estate
FEMA spokesperson William Rukeyser described the ad-hoc, jumbled feel of the company’s impromptu space in the Forest Hills Tower like a scene from a hard-hit neighborhood, with hanging wires, antennas strapped to the ceiling, Post-It notes and sheets of paper with various instructions scattered about, and impromptu folding tables holding printers and other office equipment. Most seemed at a loss for words when assessing damages.
“It’s—It’s—It’s just a mess,” Durst Organization spokesperson Jordan Barowitz told The Commercial Observer less than a week after the storm hit, struggling to describe the destruction in Lower Manhattan.
Nothing takes us back to that halcyon year of 1996 as does seeing the likes of Michael Ondaatje and Drew Carey in the same paragraph. In a delightful blast from the not-so-distant past, the stars’ respective talent agencies have renewed at the Rudin family’s 41 Madison Avenue.
The Gersh Agency, who, in addition to a svelter Read More
Amidst the celebratory backslapping at the Real Estate Board of New York’s Ingenies on Monday evening, REBNY president Steven Spinola quietly savored an even bigger victory.
In a January 2010 Observer article, he had sounded one of the earliest calls for not holding the 9/11 terror trials in the federal courthouse in Lower Manhattan. Attorney General Eric Read More
Greenwich Village has been clamoring for a new hospital ever since St. Vincent’s closed nearly a year ago. Now, with the news that North Shore-LIJ is poised to open an emergency care facility in the next few years—no major trauma unit, no in-patient care—while the Rudins get to build their condos across the street, Read More
Nearly a year after St. Vincent’s closed, a hospital is returning to Greenwich Village, albeit a much smaller one. St. Vincent and North Shore-Long Island Jewish have just announced a deal that, along with developer Rudin Management, will place an emergency care facility within the O’Toole Building, the distinctive “overbite building” on the west side Read More
Earlier this month, St. Vincent’s announced its plan to hire CB Richard Ellis to market the eight buildings that make up its Greenwich Village campus. The announcement came as a slap in the face to Bill Rudin, the developer whose family firm had a deal to buy some of the properties from the hospital Read More
Bill Rudin has not given up on dearly departed St. Vincent’s Hospital, according to The Journal. The third-generation developer, looking to live up to the great works of his pops and pop-pop, is “working quietly to salvage his ambitious project,” which includes a condo tower and a number of smaller apartments and townhouses Read More
Movers and Shakers
Two years ago, in the months before the fall of Lehman Brothers, when New York’s economic lily was still contentedly gilded, crafting a list of real estate’s biggest machers was pretty easy: Moguls X, Y and Z had done deals A, B and C, and the business of real estate ticked along.
Then came the Read More
Publicis, the advertising firm that somehow convinced Chevy Chase to reprise his hilariously hapless Clark Griswold character during the Super Bowl, all to market a little-known house-swapping Web site called HomeAway, will consolidate its New York operations at Bill Rudin‘s 35-story tower at Broadway and 52nd Street.
Publicis employees Read More
Toward the end of 2008, the meltdown in the financial and residential mortgage markets led to a credit crisis that froze lending nationwide. Over the course of the past year, analysts have been forecasting another looming credit crisis—this time with the commercial real estate market.
What makes this latest threat to U.S. lending Read More
Amid increasingly apocalyptic prophecies about the fate of New York’s commercial property market, more than a dozen “Masters of Real Estate” convened at the Metropolitan Club on Tuesday for an eponymous conference hosted by The Observer devoted to making sense of the market’s troubles. The major players appear to have emerged from the Read More
Almost from the moment that the financial industry entered its tailspin a year ago, landlords and developers began to sound the warnings that commercial real estate would be the other shoe to drop in the economy. Then early in the Obama administration, regulators threw the real estate industry a bone, expanding a financial rescue program, Read More