Lease Beat

Salon Inks Central Harlem Lease

2520 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (Credit:PropertyShark)

YSB Salon has signed a 10-year lease at 2520 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, between 134th and 135th Streets in Central Harlem, Commercial Observer has learned.

The lease includes 550 square feet of space on the ground floor and 450 square feet on the lower level. The tenant, a full-service hair and beauty salon, will pay rent in the mid-$80s per square foot. Read More

Five-year anniversary

Five Years Post-Stock Market Crash, How are CRE Pros Faring?

NYSE And Deutsche Boerse To Possibly Merge

This past Sunday marked the five-year anniversary of the lowest point in the stock market crash which sent everyone, including New York City’s real estate market pros, reeling. In late 2010 and early 2011, New York City essentially recovered from the economic meltdown but business hasn’t always been rosy since. Commercial Observer checked in to see how the city’s commercial real estate brokers were doing five years ago and how they are faring today.  Read More

Assignments

Douglas Elliman Tapped to Market 412 Columbus Avenue Retail Space

412 Columbus Avenue

Douglas Elliman is marketing the 1,409-square-foot retail space at 412 Columbus Avenue, Commercial Observer has learned. The firm’s leasing and sales team of Faith Hope Consolo and Joseph Aquino has been awarded the exclusive agency for the space, the duo’s third assignment on the block.

“We are redoing the entire block front,” Ms. Consolo said. “For a long time the Upper West Side was about sneakers and sweatpants. Now, it’s lululemon and lipstick.” Read More

Winter Storm

Are Winter Storms Disrupting Real Estate Business in NYC? [Updated]

Another Winter Storm Bears Down On Northeast

It has been just brutal outside, a mess of snow, sleet, rain, ice and slush requiring acrobatic skills to jump from snow mound to snow mound.

While surfaces are icy, subway service has been interrupted, states of emergency have been declared and people are cold, has the wintry mix impacted the business of real estate in New York City?

Commercial Observer checked in with some real estate folks to find out.  Read More

REBNY 2014

REBNY Considers de Blasio’s City Hall

Bill de Blasio and Bill Bratton at Mr. Bratton's appointment as police commissioner. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

With the fate of millions of dollars in tax incentives and millions of square feet of office space in the balance, the city’s real estate industry is bracing for the impact of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s cabinet appointments. But the left-leaning Democrat who won the election last fall by attacking inequality and his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, has thus far refrained from tapping any nominees hostile to new development. Read More

Lease Beat

Jacques Torres, aka Mr. Chocolate, Opens 57th Street Branch

110 East 57th Street

Chocolatier Jacques Torres has signed an 880-square-foot lease at The Dorchester at 110 East 57th Street, The Commercial Observer has learned.

The popular sweets retailer will open a pop-up store this week in time for the holiday before closing for renovations at the end of January. This is the fifth NYC location for Jacques Torres, which also has an ice cream parlor in Dumbo. Read More

Cover Story

Times Square Marches On

New York''s Times Square

Lisa Steinberg was just a few months out of college when she was bound, gagged and stabbed to death in the office of a Gap store on West 57th Street near Broadway. It was January of 1992, halfway through David Dinkin’s only term as mayor of an increasingly anarchic and crime-plagued New York. 

The murder rate had peaked at 2,245 in 1990. But the number of homicides climbed in the Midtown South precinct—which includes Times Square—reaching 11 in 1993. East New York’s 75th precinct broke the record that year for the most murders in a single precinct: 126.   Read More

Cover Story

Downtown Manhattan, Uptown Chic

(Photo: lowermanhattan.info)

Burberry. Salvatore Ferragamo. Ermenegildo Zegna. Michael Kors. Scoop. Hermes. Judith & Charles. Calypso St. Barth.

It’s an impressive list of retailers. What’s more striking is that Brookfield Office Properties cut deals with all of them this year, and they’ll be sharing a home at the revamped Brookfield Place beginning next year, forming an unprecedented shopping destination Downtown. Read More