Lease Beat

Hillary Clinton Inks Brooklyn Office Space for Campaign

1 Pierrepont Plaza.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is leasing two floors of office space at 1 Pierrepont Plaza as she amps up for a potential presidential campaign, Politico reported this morning.

The former secretary of state and presumptive Democratic presidential candidate had been eyeing spots in Brooklyn and western Queens, according to various reports in the last few months, before settling on the Brooklyn Heights office building. Her neighbors in the Forest City building include Morgan Stanley and the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Read More

Sales Beat

Marcus & Millichap Arranges $8.9 M Sale of Washington Heights Building Near Medical Community Epicenter

1090 St. Nicholas Avenue

Marcus & Millichap has arranged the $8.9 million sale of a six-story, 42-unit elevator building at 1090 St. Nicholas Avenue in Washington Heights, positioned in a pocket of the neighborhood anchored by a number of medical institutions.

The buyer, an undisclosed local investment firm, will continue to run the residential, mostly rent stabilized apartments and retains the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health as a tenant in the basement-level commercial space. Read More

Power Broker

Suri Kasirer, the Lobbyist Behind Cornell’s Roosevelt Island Win

Suri Kasirer.

It was near the end of 2011, and what most New Yorkers knew of the city’s plan to create an ambitious tech campus on Roosevelt Island was that Stanford University had the project in the bag.

For Suri Kasirer, the founder and president of Kasirer Consulting, the notion could not have been farther from the truth. Indeed, the New York native had been working behind the scenes for months on behalf of her darkhorse client, Cornell University, to whittle down the number of candidates vying to oversee the project, and it was all finally beginning to pay off.

“We’re in a service business, so we do whatever we have to do to make sure that our clients can achieve their goals … within a framework of ethics and principle,” said Ms. Kasirer, whose offices are decorated with photographs of herself next to a litany of the country’s most powerful public figures, Bill and Hillary Clinton as well as Bette Midler not least among them.

“Sometimes it means doing the dirty work.” Read More