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Inter Parfums Moves Forward with New Lease at 112 Madison

112 Madison Avenue. (Credit: Samco Properties)

Inter Parfums has signed a 7,500-square-foot lease for the top floor at Samco Properties112 Madison Avenue, Commercial Observer has learned.

The developer, manufacturer and distributor of beauty and fragrance products – which dissolved its lucrative relationship with Burberry last year – outgrew a previous space at 1 Park Avenue and will nearly double its square footage with the move, said Robert Eisenberg of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, who represented the tenant with Mark Weiss and Scott Gutnick of the same firm. Read More

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Global Strategy Group Moving to 215 Park Avenue South

215 Park Avenue South. (SL Green)

Public relations firm Global Strategy Group has signed a 21,974-square-foot lease for the 15th floor — and a portion of the 14th — at SL Green’s 215 Park Avenue South, Commercial Observer has learned.

The firm plans to relocate from its existing offices at 895 Broadway this fall and was drawn to the building’s location in the heart of Union Square, at 18th Street, and an existing installation that will serve as the new backdrop for their expanding operations. Read More

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Inks 54,000SF Sublease at 485 Lexington Avenue

485 Lexington Avenue

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.

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Law Firm Renews, Restacks at 1633 Broadway


Law firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP has signed a 20-year renewal at The Paramount Group’s 1633 Broadway.

The deal will see the firm restack at its headquarters, trading its current space on floors 20 through 24 for 225,000 square feet on floors 19 through 23. The restacking will include a complete reconstruction and technological renovation project spearheaded by TPG Architecture.

“It was intricate reinventing the infrastructure of a 43-year-old building in order to support the demanding needs of a cutting-edge law firm that needs to be in operation 24/7,” said Mark Weiss, of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, who represented the tenant, in a prepared statement. “We ultimately succeeded in creating a modern day solution for a middle-aged building.”

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Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Opens in Financial District

Courtesy of Swig Equities

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine has inked a deal in the Financial District, the Commercial Observer has learned.

The educational institute for East Asian Medicine will take 42,000 square feet in Swig Equities110 William Street. The lease was signed for both the entire 19th floor and a portion of the ground floor, adding to the college portfolio of branches in San Diego and Chicago. Read More

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Muriel Siebert, First Woman of Finance, Signs on New Floor at Lipstick Building


Muriel Siebert, a woman who broke a big glass ceiling in finance, is moving up from the 19th to the 31st floor of 885 Third Avenue aka the Lipstick Building. Ms. Siebert’s firm, Muriel Siebert & Company, signed a new lease in the famed building, where it was one of the first tenants starting in  1986.

With this lease, the Lipstick Building reached 95 percent occupancy. And Ms. Siebert, who in 1967 became the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, will have room for her company to expand in pre-built space at the 34-story tower. Read More

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AppNexus Extends, Expands to Total 220,000 Square Feet at 28-40 West 23rd Street

AppNexus's existing office on the fifth floor of 28-40 West 23rd Street.

AppNexus signed a 10-year lease extension and expansion that will give the advertising technology platform a 220,000-square-foot footprint at 28-40 West 23rd Street.

The company’s latest lease for 220,000 square feet–130,000 square feet of it an expansion–in the Flatiron District tower comes nine months after a 24,500-square-foot expansion. AppNexus arrived at the 600,000-square-foot tower about three years ago, initially signing for 24,500 square feet.

Mark Weiss and Rob Eisenberg of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank represented the tenant. Michael Cohen and Andrew Roos of Colliers International, who are both part owners of the building, represented the landlords. Read More

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Accounting Firm EisnerAmper Amps Things Up at 750 Third Avenue

750 Third Avenue

Accounting firm EisnerAmper has signed a lease renewal and expansion at 750 Third Avenue, The Commercial Observer has learned.

The eight-year lease solidified the firm’s existing 138,000 square feet across floors 13 through 17 and 21, while adding 12,000 square feet on the 22nd floor.

“They have a dynamic, growing practice,” said Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Vice Chairman Mark Weiss, who represented the tenant with Rob Eisenberg and Robert Emden.

“It’s a good building, near Grand Central and with great functionality – and the landlord has been very reliable,” he added, referring to SL Green Realty Corp. Read More

Sales Beat

Joseph Chetrit and Partners Sling $150 M. at Former Cabrini Medical Center Site

Joe Chetrit (DNAinfo/Mathew Katz)

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. Read More

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Law firm Goetz Fitzpatrick Inks 17,600 SF Lease at 1 Penn Plaza


Law firm Goetz Fitzpatrick has signed 12-year renewal and expansion at 1 Penn Plaza, The Commercial Observer has learned.

The construction and commercial litigation firm moves from its 13,000-square-foot space on the 44th floor to 17,600 square feet on the 31st floor as part of the firm’s ongoing growth plan.

The firm has been in the building, owned and operated by New York-based real estate investment trust Vornado Realty Trust, since the 1970’s, brokers said.

“The Firm’s practice areas are all doing well, which supports their recent growth,” said Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Mark Weiss, who represented the law firm with Robert Eisenberg.  “It’s a great building and there’s a long history there between the tenant and the landlord.” Read More

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Law Firm Fabiani Cohen & Hall LLP Renews and Expands at 570 Lexington Avenue

The Arch Atop 570 Lexington Avenue (Credit:

Construction and insurance litigation firm Fabiani Cohen & Hall LLP has signed a renewal and expansion for 24,000 square feet of space at 570 Lexington Avenue, The Commercial Observer has learned.

The firm will retain the 4th floor and expand into and 3rd floor, sources familiar with the deal said.

Mark Weiss, a vice president at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, represented the tenant with Robert Silver and Robert Eisenberg.  The brokers declined comment. Read More

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Bernie Madoff Lipstick Building Office Filled

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

Bernie Madoff’s old office space is fast getting filled.

Goulston & Storrs, a law firm, just signed a deal for 19,270 square feet at 885 Third Avenue, taking the 34-story building’s entire 18th floor for rents in the $70s per square foot.

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New Developments

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Brokers City University Land Swap

Mark Weiss.

The New York City Department of Sanitation has initiated what amounts to a land-swap with the City University of New York and the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center that will allow for the development of a new outpatient cancer center and a consolidated location for CUNY Hunter College’s health and basic sciences campuses.

Mark Weiss, Justin DiMare and Howard Kesseler from Newmark Grubb Knight Frank represented MSKCC in its $215 million purchase of the 66,000-square-foot parcel of land at 525 East 73rd Street that will be the site for the development. The spot was previously the home of a New York City Department of Sanitation garage facility, which was demolished in 2008 to allow for the construction of a new facility. That project never got off the ground and in 2011 the New York City Economic Development Corporation issued a Request for Proposals for its sale and development. Read More

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After Signaling It Will Dump $22 Billion Of CRE, Blackstone Grabs Citadel Space

601 Lexington Avenue

The Blackstone Group, which today signaled it would sell off much of its portfolio of U.S. office properties, has leased a floor high in 601 Lexington Avenue from investment firm Citadel Group.

Blackstone will take the building’s entire 48th floor in the deal, a 31,000-square-foot space, for five years, which is the remaining term on Citadel’s lease at the property.

The location is convenient for Blackstone, which has its world headquarters just a block away at 345 Park Avenue. The company, according to sources, plans to the use the floor for a division involved in technology within the company, though the details of its occupancy could not be learned by press time. Read More