Wired City

Google Helpouts Could Be an Asset to Brokers

Google Helpouts

Google has a new service on the way: Helpouts, a program that allows users to connect with experts in real-time on a variety of topics. In his article for Inman, Paul Hagey predicts that Helpouts could become an important tool in the fee-for-service real estate model, helping agents deliver their services faster.

So could it be useful took for commercial brokers? Our experts weigh in.

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Chick-fil-A Looking for NYC Landings, New Madison Avenue Luxury Tenant In the Works and More…

chick-fil-a sandwich

Chick-fil-A, the controversial fast food franchise, may be expanding in the Big Apple some time soon if retail brokers get their way.

From high-end luxury brands to regional food concepts, and, yes, Chick-fil-A, real estate professionals yesterday offered The Commercial Observer hints of deals they hope to seal before next year’s journey to Sin City. Read More


New Columnists, More Opinions, Now!

If you hadn’t already noticed, The Commercial Observer late last night added seven new columnists to its already formidable roster of real estate thought leaders.

Indeed, along with veteran prognosticators Robert Knakal, Sam Chandan, Richard Persichetti and Robert Sammons (back from a short hiatus), we’re now happy to welcome David Greene, Christopher Havens, Barry LePatner, Kenneth McCarthy, J.D. Parker, Joshua Siegelman and Scott Spector. Find web-exclusive columns along the right rail of our website every week. Read More

Lease Beat

European Wax Center Joins List Of Beauty Tenants At 222 East 34th Street


The personal grooming chain European Wax Center inked a 10-year lease on a 1,900-square-foot-store at 222 East 34th Street in the newly developed residential building The Anthem, The Commercial Observer has learned.

Other tenants to recently sign at the Murray Hill building include the local gym empire Crunch and Drybar, a salon capitalizing on the current craze for blowouts, making the 25-story, 480-unit The Anthem a one-stop shopping destination for personal improvement.

Winick Realty Group Managing Director Hal Shapiro and Associate Director Josh Siegelman represented the tenant and landlord, Rosebud Associates. Read More

Lease Beat

“Blow Dry Bar” Drybar Opens at 222 East 34th Street

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Drybar, a California-based chain of “blow dry bars” that offer blowouts for $40, has signed a long-term lease to open at 222 East 34th Street, The Commercial Observer has learned .

The blow dry bar (we’re debating calling it a “salon saloon”) will be taking a 1,900-square-foot space in the “The Anthem,” the newly constructed 25-story residential tower on 222 East 34th Street. This will be Drybar’s third location in the city. It already has two stores in the Flatiron District and inside Le Parker Meridien Hotel.  Read More