Lease Beat

HAP Investments Relocating to 3 East 54th Street

3 East 54th Street. (Credit: PropertyShark)

HAP Investments has signed a nine-and-a-half year lease for the entire 11,200-square-foot 15th floor of Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation’s 3 East 54th Street, Commercial Observer has learned. Asking rent for the space was in the low-$50s per square foot.

The tenant, a real estate investment and development company, expects to relocate its New York headquarters from 347 Fifth Avenue during the third quarter. HAP also operates an office in Tel Aviv, Israel. Read More

The Lobby

Cohen Brothers Promotes Marc Horowitz to Senior VP

Marc Horowitz

After three-and-a-half years handling leasing in Manhattan, Westchester, Florida and California for Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation, Marc Horowitz has made the jump to senior vice president at the firm.

“Marc has proven his expertise is not limited to a single market and has done an outstanding job in executing over a million square feet of transactions throughout our national portfolio,” President and Chief Executive Charles Cohen said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to his continued success in his new post.” Read More

Lease Beat

Tenants Eating Up Space at Former JELL-O Offices

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Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation has leased out nearly 30,000 square feet of space at its 39-acre, 500,000-square-foot office campus at 333 Westchester Avenue in White Plains, The Commercial Observer has learned.

The former home to General Foods Corporation, now anchored by four interconnected mid-rise office buildings, recently welcomed four new tenants.

“We’ve always been host Read More

The Sit-Down

The Moviegoer: Cohen Brothers Realty’s Charles Cohen Talks Real Estate, Predicts Oscar Winners

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Charles Cohen is in the business of creating. As the president and chief executive officer of Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation, Mr. Cohen oversees a portfolio of properties and design centers in New York, Florida, Texas and California. He also executive produced the Academy Award-winning Frozen River and runs Cohen Media Group, a distributor and producer of foreign and independent films. Mr. Cohen’s father, Sherman Cohen, the developer who built CBRC into a powerhouse with his two brothers, died late last month at 91. And while Mr. Cohen politely declined to answer direct questions about his father, he did speak to The Commercial Observer about his legacy when discussing recent developments at the firm and in New York real estate. Mr. Cohen also spoke enthusiastically about the film industry and this year’s crop of new movies, which will be in the national spotlight when the Academy Awards airs this Sunday.

 

The Commercial Observer: In 2011, you told The Commercial Observer that you and the rest of the real estate industry were moving at 25 miles per hour. What was the speed in 2012?

Mr. Cohen: In New York, we’re going twice as fast as last year, but not fast enough. Read More