CBRE’s Mary Ann Tighe Has Revitalized NYC One Lease at a Time


Almost every visitor who steps foot in New York City is familiar with the handiwork of Mary Ann Tighe, whether they know it or not. When the tri-state chief executive officer of CBRE started in real estate, Times Square was a dumping ground for the dregs of the city—but it looked very different when she was through. She was the one developer Larry Silverstein turned to when he needed to lease up his little Downtown project, the World Trade Center. And if you look at her roster of real estate clients—Coach, The New York Times Company, News Corp., the Archdiocese of New York—they’re the most serious companies and brands in the world.

Aside from being one of the greatest dealmakers in New York real estate, Ms. Tighe has the distinction of being one of the most sophisticated bigwigs in her industry; when she was still in her 20s, she was a staff member for the Smithsonian and an arts adviser to Vice President Walter Mondale.

Commercial Observer spoke to Ms. Tighe in her office at the MetLife Building about the de Blasio administration, the World Trade Center and her days working in the White House. Read More

Lease Beat

AMC Networks Expands to 330K SF at Vornado Property

11 Penn Plaza

AMC Networks and Vornado Realty Trust have signed a deal so large that even Don Draper would be impressed.

The cable television and movie programmer behind shows like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” and seven TV channels has agreed to a renewal and expansion lease for 330,000 square feet at 11 Penn PlazaCrain’s New York Business reported last week. The deal will grow AMC’s footprint by 40,000 square feet at the 1.1-million-square-foot building on the east side of Seventh Avenue between West 31st and 32nd Streets. Read More

Lease Beat

Investment Research Company Signs for 30K SF at 4 WTC

4 World Trade Center

Independent investment research provider Morningstar will move its New York City offices from Midtown to downtown in the middle of 2015 through a 10-year, 30,000-square-foot lease at 4 World Trade Center, Silverstein Properties announced today.

The company that currently operates out of a 7,500-square-foot office at 1065 Avenue of the Americas near Bryant Park will join the city government of New York, trade center site owner the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and the MediaMath company at 4 WTC by taking space on the 48th floor of the award-winning 2.3-million-square-foot skyscraper designed by Fumihiko Maki, said Joe Mansueto, chairman and CEO of Morningstar. Read More


REBNY Bestows ‘Ingenious Deal’ Awards

101 Park Avenue.

It was a veritable who’s who of New York City commercial real estate at the Real Estate Board of New York‘s “Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Awards” last night.

The awards for deals done in 2013 were presented at the 70th sales brokers committee cocktail party at Club 101, at 101 Park AvenueWoody Heller, an executive managing director and group head of the capital transactions group of Studley in New York, MC’d the event. Read More

Lease Beat

3WTC Lands First Tenant


GroupM has signed a 20-year lease at 3 World Trade Center for roughly 516,000 square feet across nine floors at the base of the 80-story tower, becoming the building’s first tenant and allowing Silverstein Properties to move forward with its financing and construction of the property.

The media investment management group will consolidate its 2,400 employees from several Midtown locations to 3WTC when it moves into the building, which will open in 2017.  Read More

Lease Beat

New York City HHC Takes 220K at 55 Water Street

Courtesy of Wikipedia

New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. has inked a 220,000-square-foot deal in the Financial District.

Operating all of the public hospitals and clinics in New York City, HHC will be moving its headquarters off of the fifth floor of 346 Broadway to  55 Water Street. The new office will take three of the massive floor plates of 55 Water Street, spanning across the 24th, 25th, and 26th floor to comprise its 220,000-square-foot office. Read More

The Sit-Down

What About Bob: CBRE’s Robert Alexander on Hudson Yards


In 2005, CBRE broker Mary Ann Tighe told The New York Times that there had never been a “phenomenon quite like Bob Alexander.” What’s more phenomenal is that the 58-year-old chairman of the firm’s tristate region still ranks among its top brokers, having landed some of the city’s highest-profile deals this year as a lead broker representing Read More

Lease Beat

Crain Communications Moving Next Door on Third Avenue


Business media company Crain Communications, owner a wealth of trade publications and consumer brand names, announced on Monday that it is moving its headquarters to 685 Third Avenue after signing a 58,527-square-foot lease.

One of the firm’s publications, Crain’s New York Business, reported that the company plans to relocate from its current offices – next Read More

Lease Beat

Condé Nast Bulks Up Downtown Presence, Signs For 80,000 Square Feet At 222 Broadway

222 Broadway

[Update: This story had been corrected to reflect that Condé Nast is still in the final stages of discussions regarding this lease]

Condé Nast is in final negotiations to sign an 80,000-square-foot lease at 222 Broadway, building on the publishing giant’s footprint in Lower Manhattan as it prepares to move to 1 World Trade Center.

CBRE New York C.E.O. Mary Ann Tighe and Vice Chairman Gregory Tosko represented the tenant. David Berkey represented the landlord, L&L Holdings, in-house. Read More

Lease Beat

55 Water Street Lands Liberty Mutual Renewal and Expansion

55 Water Street

Liberty Mutual has signed a 10-year, 120,000-square-foot lease at 55 Water Street, a success story to emerge amid a massive renovation project launched in response to a string of misfortunes brought by Hurricane Sandy.

The insurance company doubles its space in the building with the deal, moving from the 18th floor to the 22nd and 23rd floors.

“It’s great news for the landlord and it’s great news for Downtown,” said CBRE’s Brad Gerla, who represented the landlord with Mary Ann TigheHoward Fiddle and Evan Haskel.

New Water Street Corp. is putting $200 million into the building after it took on some 32 million gallons of water during the storm.  The project includes the transport of key electrical, mechanical and communications equipment to the 3rd floor and storm-proofing to protect against future disasters.

“This landlord went over and above to secure the building and to make sure that something like this doesn’t happen again,” Mr. Gerla said. Read More