Lease Beat

City to Sign $1M Per Year MetroTech Deal With Forest City

1 MetroTech Center

The city Human Resources Administration will maintain its current office presence on the sixth floor of Forest City Ratner Company‘s 1 MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn through a new 10-year lease, under a proposed 27,000-square-foot agreement city officials will review next week.

The agency, which moved to the building from 10 MetroTech Center to make way for Forest City’s demolition and future residential project on that site, would pay the landlord $936,900 per year in rent from the lease’s commencement until Oct. 13, 2018 and then escalate the payments to $1,044,900 per year until Oct. 13, 2024, according to a public notice announcing the Dec. 22 hearing. Read More


Modular Tower Developer and Contractor Slap Each Other with Lawsuits


The dispute between Pacific Park Brooklyn developer Forest City Ratner Cos. and contractor Skansksa USA Building escalated to the courts today. The construction firm that’s under contract to build B2, a residential building slated for the area around Barclays Center that used to be known as “Atlantic Yards,” filed a suit against Forest City just 16 minutes before the developer slapped the contractor with its own suit in Manhattan state court.

The contractor alleges “serious commercial and design issues” are plaguing the 363-unit, 32-story residential building that will be constructed from 930 pre-fabricated steel modules, but the complaint filed by Forest City’s lawyers contends that Skansksa should take responsibility for cost overruns and delays that led to a work stoppage and furloughs for 150 workers last week, an argument that the contractor steadfastly denies. Read More

Health care

New York’s Life Sciences Industry Grows

Alexandria Center for Life Science

As collaboration between academic research facilities and the life sciences industry increases, New York is quickly becoming a viable alternative to more established lab hubs in San Francisco, San Diego and Cambridge, Mass. But there are still hurdles to overcome.

The issue isn’t talent. New York has the highest concentration of medical research facilities in the country. Nor is it money. In December, the New York Economic Development Corporation established a $100 million early-stage life sciences funding initiative alongside Celgene, GE Ventures and Eli Lilly.

It’s lack of space. Read More

Getting Techy

Clean Tech Incubator Opens in Downtown Brooklyn

15 MetroTech

A clean technology incubator, supporting startups and hosting educational programming, has opened in Downtown Brooklyn, New York City Economic Development Corporation and the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering announced.

Urban Future Lab, a 10,000-square-foot business incubator, has opened at NYU School of Engineering’s Downtown Brooklyn campus, on the 19th floor of Forest City Ratner’s 15 MetroTech. Designed to support the clean technology sector, Urban Future Lab combines a business incubation program with a product demonstration and exhibition space. It also offers educational programming and job training workshops. Read More

Barclays Center

Barclays Center Soundproofed Before The Ozzman Cometh

Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath will play a newly dampened Barclay's Arena next month. (Credit:

Particularly loud acts visiting the Barclays Center in Brooklyn will be asked to keep the noise down despite the recent installation of 1,800 insulated ceiling panels meant to keep sound from escaping the arena and into the rattled ears of fed up neighbors. 

The installation of the ceiling panels, first reported in, followed a string of noise complaints by disgruntled neighbors which in May of last year led to a $3,200 noise violation fine.

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Cover Story

As Cornell begins to rise on Roosevelt Island, tech industry ponders future

Aerial  rendering of Cornell NYC Tech (source: Kilograph)

Even as the construction process commences on a marquee Roosevelt Island technology project, some tech companies are uncertain about how the industry will fare now that Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch advocate for tech, is out of office. 

As Cornell NYC Tech, the engineering school slated for Roosevelt Island, makes its way through the development process and the city welcomes a new administration, it prompts a question: Will the sustainable applied science and engineering campus—and tech in general—get the same level of attention from Mayor Bill de Blasio as it did from his predecessor, Mr. Bloomberg? Read More

Year in Real Estate

Passing the Torch: Real Estate Execs Sign Off in 2013

Mort Zuckerman

From Silverstein Properties and Boston Properties on down to Forest City Ratner Companies, age played a decisive role in succession planning across some of the country’s largest real estate companies this year.

Larry Silverstein, Mort Zuckerman and Bruce Ratner all handed the reins to younger real estate executives during a year of leadership changes that rippled across the industry. Vornado Realty Trust and Cushman & Wakefield also experienced top-level shake-ups. 

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B2 at Barclay’s Gets First Module: See Video

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Yesterday workers hoisted the first modular unit at the base of what will become the world’s tallest residential, modular building – the B2 at Barclay’s.

Today they dug into the ground at the site, continuing to lay the footing that will support the 322-foot building at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street in Read More

Modular New York

Let the Ratner Stackathon Begin

A rendering of the “B2″ building (Credit: Shop Architects)

Published reports indicate that next week Forest City Ratner will ship and begin stacking modular units next to the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn to create the first Atlantic Yards residential tower, a 32-story building dubbed B2.

The 363-unit tower is set to become the tallest modular building in the world when construction wraps up, estimated by Read More

Brooklyn Beat

Brooklyn as a Borough of Families

Institutional investors, real estate investment trusts, large national development firms—often based in Manhattan—are now quite active in Brooklyn, after years of borough-based families dominating the scene.

Two years ago the Manhattan big boys were ignoring efforts to join the rush—now they all want in.

The last three decades of the Brooklyn’s great leap forward was Read More

Atlantic Yards

State to Pay $300,000 to Lawyers Who Won Atlantic Yards Timetable Case


Empire State Development, the state agency overseeing the Atlantic Yards megadevelopment in Brooklyn, has agreed to pay $300,000 in fees to lawyers representing two community coalitions that won a lingering lawsuit over the project’s timetable.

The lawyers successfully challenged the agency’s decision, in 2009, to extend the potential build-out of the project to 25 years, while only studying the impact of a five-year delay on a project long billed as taking 10 years. Read More

Atlantic Yards

Forest City Ratner Sues the City for More Atlantic Yards Tax Breaks

The arena is there, but the housing towers remain ghosts.

Apparently, $761 million in subsidies and tax breaks isn’t enough for Forest City Ratner. The Atlantic Yards developer is thanking the city for its generosity by suing the Department of Finance for a lower tax assessment.

The developer has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Finance, in an attempt to knock down the market value assessment on block 1129, which comprises the southern section of the development site, from $11.2 million to a scant $1.6 million, DNAinfo reported today. Read More