Yankees Honor Longtime PR Rep Howard Rubenstein

Howard Rubenstein

The New York Yankees presented longtime public relations executive and major real estate industry representative Howard Rubenstein with a deluge of gifts in a pre-game ceremony behind home plate at Yankee Stadium Tuesday night.

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, manager Joe Girardi and the team’s general partner Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal presented the veteran of the PR field with bats autographed by Jeter and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, balls signed by Tino Martinez, Jorge Posada and Paul O’Neill and a 14-carat gold ring with the team’s logo on it. Read More

New Developments

Stadium Deal for New York MLS Team Nears

MLS headed to the Bronx (photo courtesy of Getty Images)

New York City Football Club is nearing a deal to build a 28,000-seat stadium in the shadow of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, according to reports.

The team, which is owned by the Yankees and Manchester City Football Club of England’s Barclays Premier League, is close to a finalizing a complex deal with GAL Manufacturing, an elevator parts company, according to the New York Post. The deal would see NYCFC pay GAL to relocate from the site of the proposed stadium development.

Read More

Lease Beat

Yankee Mark Teixeira’s ‘Juice Press’ Investment Grows

Yankee Mark Teixeira holds one of his favorite Juice Press juices (

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira’s investment in “raw food,” smoothie and pressed juice company Juice Press seems to be paying off, with the rapidly-growing company signing a lease for another Manhattan store at 239 Columbus Avenue.  

The 400-square-foot Upper West Side outpost marks the 10th Manhattan location and counting for the brand, Read More

The Sit-Down

Bombs, Bullion and the Bronx: David Levinson of L&L Holdings

David Levinson (Photo: Sasha Maslov)

L&L Holding Company’s development of 425 Park Avenue may be the company’s current marquee project, but the firm, which chairman and CEO David Levinson co-founded with Robert Lapidus in 2000, continues to make a mark on Midtown South. In January, L&L purchased 114 Fifth Avenue in a $165 million joint venture, planning to model it after 200 Fifth Avenue, a thriving symbol of Midtown South’s bull real estate market. Mr. Levinson, 64, who owns a stake in the New York Yankees, spoke with The Commercial Observer about Midtown South, the threat of bomb attacks and the Bronx Bombers. Read More

The Sit-Down

CBRE Tristate President Matt Van Buren on the Megadeal’s Comeback and the Post-Sandy Summer

Matt Van Buren

It will be two years ago this summer that Matt Van Buren succeeded Mitch Rudin as CBRE’s tristate president. The Commercial Observer spoke with Mr. Van Buren about the state of the region—and of the Yankees—as the area prepares to emerge from its long, cold winter of discontent.

Since taking over as CBRE’s tristate president, what has been your biggest accomplishment and biggest setback?

I took over for a tristate region office that was in really good condition following Mitch Rudin’s presidency. The biggest accomplishment has been keeping that momentum going forward. When you’re number one, the goal is to stay number one. And we’ve been able to do that. Staying number one is one of the great unsung stories of the world. That’s why I respect the 2000 Yankees so much. [Laughs]

You run CBRE’s offices in Midtown, Downtown, Long Island, Westchester, New Jersey and Connecticut. Do the fortunes of the different metro area hubs often diverge or does a rising tide lift all boats?

To a certain degree it does. Although the highs are higher and the lows are lower in Manhattan. If you look at rents and availability statistics, Connecticut, Westchester, New Jersey and Long Island vary in a fairly narrow range even from boom to bust.

Frankly, New York will always have lower availability. But the prices will fluctuate high and low if you took a percentage off of a norm. Read More


Investors Bank’s Plan for Growth

Kevin Cummings.

About nine years ago right around St. Patrick’s Day, Kevin Cummings did something he always told people he mentored never to do.

“I changed my career because I took a call from a headhunter,” he said.

Mr. Cummings, who had spent 26 years at the independent accounting firm KPMG LLP, was asked if he could refer anyone for a chief operating officer position at Investors Savings Bank. Familiar as he was with the bank—it was one of his clients during his time as an audit partner in KPMG’s financial services practice and in the New Jersey community bank practice—he decided the best candidate he could nominate would be himself. Read More