New York REIT Begins Trading

Worldwide Plaza

New York REIT, the real estate investment trust formerly known as American Realty Capital New York Recovery REIT, made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday under the symbol NYRT. Shares in the REIT began trading at $10.70 and closed at $10.75, rising late in the trading day.

“NYRT’s successful listing on the NYSE marks another important milestone for the Company and provides it more efficient access to the capital markets which will help drive its future growth, while also creating a liquidity opportunity for our shareholders,” said Nicholas Schorsch, the chairman and chief executive of NYRT, in a prepared statement released prior to yesterday’s trading session. Read More

Real Estate Investment

Strength in Real Estate Stocks May Signal Merger/Acquisition Spike

JLL Stock Continues to Rise. (Credit: Google)

The bumpy start to the S&P 500 index so far this year is no match for the gains seen among two of commercial real estate’s largest firms, and a report in the Wall Street Journal argues that investors’ faith in continued prosperity could signal an active year for mergers, acquisitions and expansions in the industry. 

While the S&P is down about 0.7 percent since Jan. 1, CBRE’s shares are up 4.3% and Jones Lang LaSalle’s is up 18.3%; with both stocks, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading near their 52-week highs, while Jones Lang LaSalle is close to setting a record.

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Initial Public Offerings

Ladder Capital Goes Public, Cantor Commercial Could be Next

Shares in commercial real estate finance firm Ladder Capital ended the first day of trading largely unchanged, falling 1 cent on Thursday to $16.99. The company had priced 13.25 million shares at $17, raising $225 million, late Wednesday.

Trading under the symbol LADR on the New York Stock Exchange, the company’s shares rose 14 cents, or .82 percent, to $17.13, as of 12:12pm on Friday. Read More

Lease Beat

Wellington Shields Renews at 140 Broadway


Financial services firm Wellington Shields has signed a 10-year lease renewal at its 140 Broadway headquarters in Lower Manhattan.

The 18,579-square-foot covers part of the 51-story building’s 44th floor and sources said asking rents were $55 per square foot.

Studley broker Jason Schwartzenberg, who represented the tenant with Joseph Messina, said in a prepared statement that Read More

Year in Real Estate

Initially Yours: the Fight to Make ‘ESRT’ A Reality

Empire State Building

Lawsuits, investor squabbles and multiple bids to purchase the Empire State Building didn’t stop Peter and Tony Malkin and the Empire State Realty Trust from going public with the “ESRT” real estate investment trust.  

Back in March, The Commercial Observer reported that the IPO was expected to succeed, but it wasn’t until Oct. 2 that the initial public offering—71,500,000 Read More


Attorney General Reviewing Helmsley Estate Sale


The New York State Attorney General’s office is reportedly reviewing the Leona M. Helmsley estate’s liquidation of its stake in the properties launched as part of the Empire State Realty Trust REIT last month, which includes the Empire State Building.

The process will begin once the Helmsley estate files a final accounting of the sale Read More

The Plan

Tour 23 Wall Street, Otherwise Known as The Corner


The former J.P. Morgan headquarters at 23 Wall Street continues to be a hard sell. For nearly seven years, the property, which has been marketed to retailers and restaurants, has remained vacant.

Complicated by its location—across from the New York Stock Exchange—and its poor loading facilities, the property, along with the connected 35 Wall Street and 15 Broad Street, has drawn interest but no commitments. Originally marketing the property specifically toward retail, the Cushman & Wakefield brokerage team has begun to open up to the possibility of entertainment or financial services firms.

Joanne Podell, vice chairman, and Ian Lerner, senior associate, spoke with The Commercial Observer about the unique challenges and possibilities the properties present. Read More

Lease Beat

Skygroup Realty Takes 2,340 Square Feet at The New York Stock Exchange Building

30 Broad Street (Credit: Gotham Realty Holdings)

Residential brokerage Skygroup Realty has signed a seven-year lease for 2,340 square feet in the The New York Stock Exchange Building at 30 Broad Street, The Commercial Observer has learned.

The firm relocated to the 26th floor of the building from its previous location at 350 Broadway.

“The tenant runs a successful brokerage firm downtown and they needed to expand into a prebuilt space ASAP,” said Daniel Lolai of Murray Hill Properties, who represented SkyGroup Realty.  “It was very important for them to have minimal downtime when moving so 30 broad was the perfect match… Skygroup Realty deserves it.  It’s a great firm with honest people and they are growing quickly.” Read More


David E. Green: Young Real Estate Man of the Year Recipient

David E. Green. (Illustration by Joao Maio Pinto)

Whether it’s revitalizing an old property with hip new tenants, or reassuring an established firm that its current address is the right fit, David E. Green showcases the kind of commercial real estate savvy that has earned him trust among an eclectic portfolio of clients.

Mr. Green’s peers recognize it, too, and that’s why the Cushman & Wakefield executive director has been named this year’s Real Estate Board of New York “Young Real Estate Man of the Year” recipient. Read More

Lease Beat

Corzine Touring Office Space at 40 Wall

40 Wall Street, soon to be called "The Corzine Castle"?? (photo courtesy of property shark)

Fresh off the highly publicized collapse of securities firm MF Global Holdings Ltd., former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine is allegedly sniffing around for new office space at 40 Wall Street, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Mr. Corzine has set his sights on sharing space with John Carris Investments, a full service investment banking firm whose corporate headquarters are located inside the Trump Organization-owned office tower, The Wall Street Journal reports.

A spokesman for John Carris did not respond to a request for comment. Read More


NYSE Sells Former Rival’s HQ; Condo Tower Planned

Star investor and philanthropist Michael Steinhardt and an unnamed partner have acquired  rom the New York Stock Exchange two former American Stock Exchange buildings, 18-22 Thames Street and 78-86 Trinity Place, for a total of $65 million.

Mr. Steinhardt, who made his money as Wall Street’s so-called most successful money manager and who now mostly focuses on Read More