Lease Beat

New York & Co. Carves Out New 185,000 SF Headquarters

330 West 34th Street

Women’s apparel retailer New York & Co. has inked a deal for its new headquarters space at Vornado Realty Trust’s 330 West 34th Street.

The fashion company signed a new lease for roughly 185,000 square feet across four floors at the 18-floor building, relocating from the space it occupied for more than two decades at nearby 450 West 33rd Street. Read More

Lease Beat

Sumitomo Inks 100K Sublease at 300 Madison


Japanese trading company Sumitomo Corporation of America has signed an 11-year, 98,454-square-foot sublease deal for the entire third and fourth floors at 300 Madison Avenue.

The tenant will relocate from its 74,000-square-foot space at 600 Third Avenue in November. SCOA’s new space at the Brookfield Office Properties’ building is being subleased from CIBC. Read More

Sales Beat

Brookfield to Pay $190 M. for 1 North End Avenue

Brookfield Place.

Brookfield Properties is prepping to buy the 16-story tower next to Brookfield Place for more than $190 million, The 560,000-square-foot building at 1 North End Avenue is partially occupied by the New York Mercantile Exchange, which built the property in 1997.

NYMEX would reportedly remain in the building but plans to downsize at the location, Read More

Lease Beat

Angelo Gordon Adds 34K at 245 Park Avenue

Courtesy of Patrick Daniels

Angelo Gordon has tacked on a 34,000-square-foot addition to its office at 245 Park AvenueThe Commercial Observer has learned.

The deal is the firm’s second expansion in the last year. Angelo Gordon initially added about 20,000-square-feet to its 55,000-square-foot occupancy last June bringing them to a total of 74,000-square-feet. Read More

The Sit-Down

What About Bob: CBRE’s Robert Alexander on Hudson Yards


In 2005, CBRE broker Mary Ann Tighe told The New York Times that there had never been a “phenomenon quite like Bob Alexander.” What’s more phenomenal is that the 58-year-old chairman of the firm’s tristate region still ranks among its top brokers, having landed some of the city’s highest-profile deals this year as a lead broker representing Read More

Lease Beat

National Futures Association Relocating to One New York Plaza in First Post-Sandy Lease

One New York Plaza.

The National Futures Association, the self-regulatory organization for the U.S. derivatives industry, is relocating to One New York Plaza from 120 Broadway after signing a 10-year, 36,000-square-foot lease–the first for the property since it sustained damage during Hurricane Sandy. Asking rents were $49 per square foot.

“As a self-regulatory body, our responsibilities and headcount were increasing,” said Karen Weurtz, spokesperson for the NFA. “Our lease was terminating and we needed more space; this was the time to do it.” Read More


Power 100 Heat Map


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. Read More

Food & Drink

Restaurateur Signs Deal to Run World Financial Center Marketplace

Restaurateur Peter Poulakakos has signed on to run the 30,000-square-foot marketplace at Brookfield’s World Financial Center, the New York Post reported yesterday.

Poulakakos is perhaps best known as operator of coffee chain Financier Patisserie but also oversees downtown restaurants Harry’s Café, Harry’s Steak, Adrienne’s Pizza Bar, Ulysses’ and Bayard’s.

“We met with everyone who has the expertise and desire to open a world class market in Manhattan and we were really blown away by Peter’s vision for marketplace,” Edward Hogan, Brookfield’s national director of retail leasing, told The Commercial Observer. Read More


The 1993 World Trade Center Bombing: 20 Years Later


When terrorists detonated a monster bomb in the underground parking garage at the World Trade Center’s North Tower on February 26, 1993, it shook the city with seismic strength.

Six people died and 1,042 were injured in the bombing.  But it came before the widespread understanding, blunt as it was, that terrorists wanted to kill Read More

Lease Beat

Regus Claims Space at World Financial Center


Office provider Regus completed a transaction to acquire 54,991 square feet, the entire 24th floor, at 3 World Financial Center, according to Jerry Larkin, director of leasing at Brookfield. Mr. Larkin declined to discuss terms of the deal.

Regus will build out the space to their current office standards, Mr. Larkin said.

“What attracted them was obviously the numerous renovations to the center, the quality of the dining and shopping that will be coming to Brookfield Place,” Mr. Larkin added. The World Financial Center will be renamed Brookfield Place in fall 2013. Read More

Lease Beat

Zero Halliburton Set to Open Midtown Location


Zero Halliburton Luggage is opening a new location in Midtown.

The luggage designer will be opening a 3,900-square-foot retail location at Brookfield Properties300 Madison Avenue. The retail space is located on the corner of 42nd Street and Madison Avenue, a block away from the heavily trafficked Grand Central Terminal and Bryant Park. Read More

Year in Real Estate

Above and Beyond Hurricane Sandy

East Coast Begins To Clean Up And Assess Damage From Hurricane Sandy

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. Read More


Condé Conundrum Brews in Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan

Condé Nast, the mega-publisher behind such magazines as Vogue, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, holds several events per month at the Lambs Club on West 44th Street, two blocks from its 4 Times Square headquarters. It’s also been known to hold events at Michael’s on 55th Street, and a host of other venues.

Now, with the company having leased over 1.1 million square feet at 1 World Trade Center and saying goodbye to its old quarters, a new posh venue for its gatherings will have to be found, all of which has brokers asking the question: will high-end dining and retail come to Manhattan’s southern tip?

Retailers are hungry for Manhattan retail space at the moment, but lower Manhattan luxury stores may take time, said Steve Rappaport, senior managing director with SINVIN Realty. For that to change, a high-end retailer may need to stake a claim early on and wait for value to grow, Mr. Rappaport said. Read More

Post-Tropical Storm Sandy

One New York Plaza Re-Opens its Doors After Sandy

One New York Plaza is officially open again – as of this past Saturday – following a shutdown due to tropical storm Sandy. Building owner, Brookfield Office Properties, said that the company has property, casualty and flood insurance and anticipates full coverage of losses. “The storm will have no material financial impact on the company,” the firm said as part of a release.

Hurricane Sandy caused a surge that increased ocean water levels and flooded numerous coastal areas of New York City, including the southern tip of Manhattan where One New York Plaza is located.

“Brookfield’s property operations and maintenance personnel removed all water, restored services and prepared the building for the safe return of tenants,” a Brookfield spokesperson said. Read More