Weeplay Kids has signed a lease for its office in the Garment District, Commercial Observer has learned.
The portfolio of childrenswear, which includes brands like Woolrich and Hello Kitty, will take a 13,400-square-foot space at the Thor Equities-owned 25 West 39th Street.
The Doha, Qatar-based apparel retailer Qela has signed a 6,230-square-foot lease at 680 Madison Avenue, the first deal in the retail property since Thor Equities purchased it for $277 million one year ago.
The shop will occupy 3,000 square feet at ground level and 3,230 on the second floor when it opens in the fall of 2014. Qela will pay upwards of $2,000 per square foot for the prime ground-floor space–among the highest rental rates in the city.
City records confirm Joe Chetrit and David Bistricer’s $1.1 billion closing on the Sony Building, the deal that thrust Mr. Bistricer into the spotlight as his media shy partner continued his buying rampage.
The duo plans to turn the tower into residential condominiums and a hotel, and to retrofit the retail space; and they recently went into contract to purchase the 1.5-acre former Cabrini Medical Center site at Second Avenue and East 19th Street.
The Sony Building purchase pitted Mr. Bistricer and Mr. Chetrit against industry heavyweights like Joseph Sitt and Harry Macklowe, winning a competitive bid by slapping down a jaw-dropping $600 million letter of credit to seal the deal.
Thor Equities has hired Richard Farley to lead their leasing department as Vice President of Office Leasing. Mr. Farley will be joining in light of Thor Equities’ New York City portfolio expansion.
Joseph Chetrit is in contract to purchase the 1.5-acre former Cabrini Medical Center site at Second Avenue and East 19th Street, The Wall Street Journal reported today.
The Chetrit Group and its partners have agreed to pay more than $150 million for the five-building complex owned by Memorial Sloan-Kettering, sources familiar with the deal confirmed with The Commercial Observer.
The Journal noted that Mr. Chetrit is purchasing the property with the same group of investors that he bought the Sony Building with, which included David Bistricer and put the man at the helm of Clipper Equities on the map among commercial real estate’s elite.
Club Monaco is moving on up to the northeast side of Broadway and Spring Street.
The mid-price casual apparel company signed a 15-year, 5,100-square-foot lease at Thor Equities‘ 532 Broadway in Soho and will move there from its current 14,500-square-foot location at 520 Broadway.
Robert Cohen of RKF represented the tenant. Joseph Sitt‘s Thor Equities represented the landlord in-house. Asking rents were $800 per square foot.
When Aaron Jungreis sought a buyer for the Bossert Hotel at 98 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights last year, a long list of obstacles stacked up.
The off-market deal meant potential buyers had limited access to the site. Complicated zoning meant the Board of Standards and Appeals would be thrown into the mix. And competition Read More
Thor Equities and ASB Real Estate Investments’ Allegiance Real Estate Fund have purchased 875 Washington Street in the Meatpacking District for $96.5 million.
The 60,000-square-foot, five-story building, between 13th and 14th Streets, features office and retail space and is located across the street from the High Line Park, a main driver in the neighborhood’s assent as one of the city’s most-travelled retail destinations.
“The Meatpacking District is the place to be in the fashion world, and as purveyors of high-end retail real estate, it is only fitting that we continue to expand our presence here,” said Joseph Sitt, CEO at Thor Equities, in a statement. “Situated among many of the world’s best nightlife, dining, and shopping outposts, 875 Washington is truly in the heart of the excitement and growth of Manhattan.”
While prime retail corridors like Fifth Avenue and Soho have stayed afloat post-recession by keeping it real with a mix of high- and middlebrow retailers, Madison Avenue is standing by luxury as a bulwark in the sputtering economy.
Thor Equities‘ purchase of 35,000 square feet of retail space at 680 Madison Avenue for $277 million is further evidence of the street’s dramatic comeback, and, according to The Wall Street Journal, among the highest prices ever paid for retail property on the thoroughfare.
Fifth Avenue’s drop from the top spot of Cushman & Wakefield’s list of the world’s most valuable shopping destination has more to do with surging rental rates in Hong Kong than it does a loss of value here in New York. That city’s Causeway Bay now holds the distinction of being the most expensive strip Read More
A joint Meatpacking District development by Taconic Investment Partners and Thor Equities is slated to receive zoning approvals from the New York City Department of Buildings, according to city records.
The proposed 55,000-square-foot development at 837 Washington Street will create 28,000 square feet of retail space and 27,000 square feet of office space at the former site of a 1930s factory building.
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Cushman & Wakefield’s Equity, Debt & Structured Finance team has arranged $100 million in floating rate financing for Thor Equities’ 590 Fifth Avenue.
Thor Equities, headed by CEO Joseph Sitt, bought the 19-story, 100,000-square-foot office and retail building in 2007 from the Feil Organization for $90 million, according to data from Real Capital Analytics. Tenants there include AT&T and the NBA store.
It’s not just the biggest real estate conference no one has heard of. It’s the biggest real estate conference period. And, yes, most real estate professionals, at least in New York, haven’t heard of it.
Next week 19,000 guests from 90 countries will descend on Cannes, France, for MIPIM, a four-day event that roughly translates as “International Market for Real Estate Professionals” featuring speaking panels and networking opportunities that allow developers to shop major new projects to prospective tenants and investors.
A push by preservationists be damned, Coney Island landlord Joe Sitt appears to be near the start of property demolitions in the amusement hub’s central district.
Late last week, the Department of Buildings approved demolitions on two buildings: the Shore Hotel, built in 1903, and the Bank of Coney Island, built in 1923, according to Read More
Joe Sitt is doing his best to win over the hearts of Coney Island.
Just in time for summer, the Brooklyn developer announced that he plans to demolish the buildings he still owns in the storied, if gritty, amusement district, and start construction on simple—presumably cheap—(temporary) one-story retail in its place.
In fairness to Mr. Read More