Year in Real Estate

The Year in Real Estate: From GSA to Hurricane Sandy, A Look Back at 2012

CP 12-18 Year in Leasing, Page 20

Just when New York’s traditional geographic dividing lines were beginning to seem quaint, Hurricane Sandy made landfall and brought them back to light.

Downtown, which over the years had become harder and harder to distinguish from uptown, was plunged into darkness, sending the relatively young and vaguely creative well above 14th Street nosebleed territory in search of power. Only the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge stayed illuminated, a stark metaphor for the borough’s slow transformation into a contender.

But in commercial real estate, boundaries continued to disappear. In January, Condé Nast expanded its 1.05-million-square-foot lease at 1 World Trade Center by 138,773 square feet, helping lower Manhattan shed its stodgy finance-centric reputation and prompting slight panic among the owners of Midtown media canteens like Michael’s. Read More

A Lot of Corner-Turning Talk at Cushman Breakfast

“How do you think we fared last year financially?” Cushman & Wakefield New York Metro COO Joseph Harbert asked the brokers and executives assembled Wednesday morning for breakfast in the back room of Michael’s. “Up or down?”

The room was silent.

“Come on—some participation!” Mr. Harbert said.

Ken McCarthy, Cushman’s managing director of research, who Read More