World Trade Center
REBNY President Steven Spinola is praising friend and Silverstein Properties, Inc. Chairman Larry Silverstein for the progress made at the World Trade Center site and his various contributions to New York City real estate.
Mr. Spinola published an article in Real Estate Weekly yesterday highlighting and lauding Mr. Silverstein’s accomplishments encompassing “more than a lifetime’s worth of success” following the 82-year-old’s recent announcement that he would step down as co-CEO of SPI.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has signed a seven-year, 54,200-square-foot sublease with EdisonLearning, Inc. at 485 Lexington Avenue, Commercial Observer has learned.
MSKCC will occupy the second floor of the building and the lease will run through the end of EdisonLearning’s own sublease of the space, as EdisonLearning had subleased it from Advance Magazine Publishers for an 11-year term in 2009 after relocating from its previous offices at 521 Fifth Avenue.
A 210,000-square-foot office Midtown East building is set to get updated common areas to “strategically attract new media and tech firms,” Newmark Grubb Knight Frank announced today.
Capital improvements at the Meadow Properties building, at 211 East 43rd Street, include gut-renovating the lobby, common spaces and elevators; reconfiguring the floor plates; adding kitchen/cafés to each office suite; installing new bathrooms on every floor; and giving tenants their own submeters for electricity. Work started on the lobby this month.
Apex Systems, Inc. has signed a new seven-year, 4,318-square-foot lease at Savanna’s 100 Wall Street, Commercial Observer has learned.
The company, a leading provider of information tech staffing, follows a string of tech/creative tenants that have filled roughly 50,000 square feet in the Downtown building over the last 15 months.
Savanna’s Downtown portfolio, which consists Read More
Mergers and Acquisitions
C. Wonder has signed an additional 8,835-square-foot lease at Adams & Company’s 1115 Broadway, bringing the firm’s total footprint in the building to 36,530 square feet.
The clothing, accessory and home décor company moved into the building nearly two years ago, taking 24,000 square feet at the time, and it is in talks to grab Read More
Vox Media is reportedly buying online media company Curbed.com L.L.C., and the two companies are already celebrating in style – over fried chicken and pork buns.
The New York Times broke word yesterday that the digital media company would acquire Curbed and its three web publications, which report on real estate, dining and retail, for a mix of stock and cash valued at $20 million to $30 million.
Luxoft USA, Inc. has signed a roughly 4,700-square-foot, 10-year lease for a portion of the fifth floor at Savanna’s 100 Wall Street.
The software development and IT solutions provider relocates to the building from its former Penn Plaza location, representative of a broader shift among tech tenants moving Downtown.
“We definitely are seeing an influx of Read More
Capital One Bank has completed the syndication of the previously announced $220 million credit facility for American Realty Capital New York Recovery REIT, Inc. (“NYRR”).
The syndicated loan will be used primarily to facilitate acquisitions of large, institutional-quality properties in New York City, the bank said.
Capital One Bank acted as the sole lead Read More
How many fast food joints does it take to satisfy a multi-billion-dollar real estate operation?
New York-based real estate giant American Realty Capital has purchased 10 fast food restaurants in the Dayton, Ohio area alone in the last two months, the Dayton Business Journal reported.
The firm paid $15.5 million for the portfolio, which includes Read More
New York City-based national real estate investment firm The Praedium Group and its partners have sold the leasehold interest at 16 West 36th Street in Midtown to South Kiamie Industries, Inc. for $12.9 million – and a Brooklyn residential property in the Crown Heights neighborhood for $22 million.
The firm announced the Manhattan sale earlier Read More
ING US, Inc. has signed an 11-year lease extension for 144,000 square feet at the historic 1.4-million-square-foot 230 Park Avenue, The Commercial Observer has learned.
The leading provider of retirement, investment management and insurance services has been in the building since 1984, starting with a 55,000-square-foot lease and steadily expanding its footprint over the past Read More
World Business Lenders LLC has signed a new 23,406-square-foot lease for its new headquarters across the entire 5th and 29th floors at SL Green Realty Corp.’s 120 West 45th Street, aka Tower 45, The Commercial Observer has learned.
The company, a private provider of short-term and flexible commercial loans to small and mid-sized companies throughout Read More
SAP America, Inc. has signed a 16-year lease for an additional 30,714 square feet of space at Related Companies’ South Tower at Hudson Yards, The Commercial Observer has learned.
The company leased the top four floors – 44 through 47 – back in April and now adds the entire 43rd floor, bringing the Read More
Three months after a prominent New York City appraiser suggested that Barbie’s oceanfront Malibu dollhouse should be bulldozed, a new Barbie Dreamhouse is being offered to the public — and this one actually exists, offering a chance to “show off your moves in the spotlight.”
Mattel and EMS Entertainment opened a 10,000-square-foot life-size touring Barbie Dreamhouse at the Sawgrass Mills mall in Sunrise, Florida this week to endless chatter and realized dreams after inking a summer lease agreement with real estate giant and mall owner Simon Property Group. The best part: a similar house could be coming to New York City.
The Dreamhouse features a fashion runway, “Rockstar Stage,” Barbie café, living room, bedroom, an “endless” closet, bathroom, kitchen, balcony and entertainment room, with more than 350 Barbie dolls among other classic memorabilia.
Yeshiva University has sold off the final lot of a building portfolio that it received as a gift then aggressively marketed, pulling in $2 million more than the original asking price and demonstrating the heavy demand for retail in the Lower East Side.
The Commercial Observer has learned that Ben Ashkenazy of Ashkenazy Investments paid $6 million for the corner retail building at 156-164 Delancey Street, on the northwest corner of Delancey Street and Clinton Street, which was originally on the market by for $3.95 million.
The building currently consists of six commercial units, five of which are occupied with leases that expire between 2016 and 2021, and it was marketed based on its redevelopment potential.
“Retail properties like this are in extraordinarily high demand today,” said Massey Knakal Chairman Bob Knakal, who exclusively handled the transaction with Michael DeCheser.