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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


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

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

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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

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Designer Boyoung Kim Inks Deal on UWS for First NYC Boutique

410 Columbus Avenue

In a rebuke to the chain retailer invasion of the Upper West Side, the upstart designer (and Alexander Wang protege) Boyoung Kim has signed a 700-square-foot lease at 410 Columbus Avenue for her first dedicated New York boutique.

The Commercial Observer has learned that Douglas Elliman retail group Chairman Faith Hope Consolo and Executive Vice President Joseph Aquino represented the landlord, Orleans Realty, LLC in the transaction. It follows a lease signed by jeweler Alexis Bittar in the adjacent space earlier this year. Read More

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6,300 Square Feet of Prime Soho Retail Hits the Block

80 Wooster Street

A retail space with 4,300 square feet of ground floor and 2,000 square feet of basement retail at 80 Wooster Street is on the market. And a new tenant has the opportunity to rub shoulders with neighbors like Chanel, Burberry and Longchamp in one of the city’s most prominent shopping districts.

Douglas Elliman real estate group Chairman Faith Hope Consolo and Executive Vice President Joseph Aquino are marketing the property, which has 45 feet of Soho frontage and includes an elevator. “This deal is for lease, but may be for sale for the right tenant,” Ms. Consolo said in an email. Asking rent is $225 per square foot  on the ground level. The sales price will be given upon request. Read More

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Douglas Elliman Retail Team Brings More Sunshine to Harlem


Members of Douglas Elliman’s retail group have secured a new 1,750-square-foot location and 10-year lease for Sunshine Day Care at 1325 Fifth Avenue, between 111th and 112th Streets in Harlem, The Commercial Observer has learned.

It is an expansion of their program, which opened three years ago directly across the street at 1330 Fifth Avenue, where the group occupies an additional 5,000 square feet.  In addition, a three-year extension of that lease has been arranged.

“The expansion of this well-respected day care provider speaks volumes about the demand for quality neighborhood services,” said Faith Hope Consolo, who represented the tenant and the landlord, Tahl Propp Equities, with Joseph Aquino and Arthur Maglio. “Having introduced them to Harlem a few years ago, we are thrilled to see the tremendous amount of success they are having at this location.” Read More


Douglas Elliman Tapped to Market Retail Space at 410 Columbus Avenue

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Retail leasing at 410 Columbus Avenue will undergo a new strategy now that ownership has selected Douglas Elliman’s Faith Hope Consolo and Joseph Aquino to market over 600 square feet of space currently occupied by Berkley Girl. The current tenant’s lease expires in June, according to Ms. Consolo, chairman of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group.

Douglas Elliman previously leased an adjacent space at the address to jeweler Alexis Bittar. Asking rent is approximately $300 per square foot.

“We are trying to bring a different type of retailer to the Upper West Side,” Ms. Consolo told The Commercial Observer. “We are trying to bring a little bit of Madison Avenue to the Upper West Side.” Read More

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Tribeca Pediatrics Signs For 2,500 Square Feet in Harlem

Tribeca Pediatrics' Long Island City branch.

The progressive children’s medical facility Tribeca Pediatrics has signed a 10-year, 2,500-square-foot lease at 2111 Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem.

It will be the organization’s 10th New York City facility. Tribeca Pediatrics also has a location in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Douglas Elliman retail group Chairman Faith Hope Consolo and Executive Vice President Joseph Aquino, along with Arthur Maglio, represented the tenant and landlord, Tahl-Propp Equities. Asking rents were $80 per square foot, “a very nice number for Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 114th Street,” Ms. Consolo said. Read More


Douglas Elliman Markets Fifth Avenue Stores Vacated By Arden B., Mesa Grill

The soon-to-shutter Mesa Grill at 102 Fifth Avenue. (Photo Courtesy of Douglas Elliman)

Douglas Elliman Retail Group Chairman Faith Hope Consolo and Executive Vice President Joseph Aquino are marketing the adjacent retail spaces at 102 and 104 Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District.

The 4,000-square-foot 102 Fifth Avenue will soon be vacated by Mesa Grill, celebrity chef Bobby Flay‘s 22-year-old Southwestern restaurant, whose possible closure Zagat first reported nine months ago. The 150-seat restaurant was due to shutter today, but the landlord gave it a 90- to 120-day extension.

The women’s clothing and accessories chain Arden B. already closed at the 2,200-square-foot 104 Fifth Avenue. Combined, the stores have 60 feet of frontage.

“Right now we’ve got a half-dozen offers and we haven’t said yes to anybody,” Mr. Aquino said. “A couple of restaurants want to take Mesa Grill, another two want to take all of both spaces for retail and another two are interested in the former Arden B.” Read More

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Orogold Cosmetics Leases 3,600 Square Feet at 118 East 57th Street


Orogold Cosmetics, an upmarket skincare line with a slew of anti-aging products, has signed for a 3,600-square-foot multilevel retail space at 118 East 57th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues, The Commercial Observer has learned.

Faith Hope Consolo and Joseph Aquino, the chairman and executive vice presidents of Douglas Elliman’s retail group, represented the tenant. Alan S. Cohen, Mark Tergesen and Dean Valentino from ABS Partners Realty exclusively represented the landlord.

The six year lease gives Orogold its first Manhattan location. Asking rents were $150 per square foot. Read More

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Mariana Antinori Coming to Madison

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Italian luxury goods store Mariana Antinori will be opening up a new its first New York City location at 1244 Madison Avenue, The Commercial Observer has learned.

The store –which will sell custom jewelry, timepieces, and womenswear and menswear– will be moving into a 755-square-foot space that was formerly occupied by Seigo, a purveyor of bespoke ties and bow ties.

Faith Hope Consolo and Joseph Aquino, both of Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group, represented 17 East 89th Street Tenants, Inc., the landlords of 1244 Madison Avenue. Sinvin Real Estate represented Mariana Antinori in the deal. Read More

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Caramel Baby & Child Opens First US Store on Madison

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Caramel Baby & Child, a British designer of luxury children’s wear, has inked a 10-year lease to sell their tiny and trendy threads to the Upper East Side set at 1244 Madison Avenue, The Commercial Observer has learned.

The store will be taking an 800 square foot space that was previously occupied by Keesal & Mathews, a maker of home furnishings. Judson Realty LLC represented Caramel Baby & Child in the deal. Faith Hope Consolo and Joseph Aquino represented the 17 East 89th Tenants, the coop that runs the building.  Read More