Sales Beat

Vacant Five-Story NoMad Building Hits the Market

1145 Broadway

A vacant, 6,285-square-foot building at 1145 Broadway is on sale for $9.35 million. The five-story property on Broadway between 26th and 27th Streets allows for 16,650 as-of-right buildable square feet.

The seller, Richmond Properties LLC, has enlisted Eastern Consolidated to market the rare opportunity. Gabriel Saffioti and Nicole Rabinowitsch are leading the assignment. The owner will be able to immediately reposition the property.  Read More

Sammons Says

Exploring Dumbo: Then and Now

No, I’m not calling you out. And this isn’t a Disney movie review.

As most New Yorkers know, Dumbo is an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. When compared to many New York City acronyms, it has been around for quite some time—since 1978, in fact—and refers to an area in Brooklyn.

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The Sit-Down

ABS Partners’ Ashkán Zandieh on the Sociology of Tech and NYC’s Race Against San Francisco

Ashkán Zandieh

“The ability to socialize and collaborate is one of the founding blocks of creating a tech community,” writes Ashkán Zandieh, director of the creative and start-up advisory division at ABS Partners Real Estate, in the latest edition of his quarter TechStarter report. Mr. Zandieh has been involved with the technology sector for seven years. He created and sold a start-up, has advised several fledgling companies and tracked the field’s real estate activity for the past year. From ABS Partner’s Union Square area office, Mr. Zandieh is well-positioned to observe and dissect the red hot Midtown South tech real estate market and, if he looks south, the growth of the Financial District as a tech and new media contender.

Mr Zandieh spoke by phone with The Commercial Observer.

The Commercial Observer: How is the tech-fueled Midtown South commercial real estate market holding up?

Mr. Zandieh: The average asking rental price per square foot increased from an estimated $38 per-square-foot in 2011 and 2012 to nearly $60 per square foot for Class B buildings in Midtown South in the first quarter of 2013. What’s pretty interesting is that we’re seeing a Class B transition–there’s a fuzzy line between Class B and Class C.

So young companies are still drawn to, and able to afford, the neighborhood?

A lot of the start-ups I’m working with now are down in Soho and expanding by 20 or 30 employees. They’re moving out of Soho and to NoMad, where they can get larger floor plates. By NoMad, I mean 23rd Street to 28th Street between Park and Seventh Avenues. Read More

Midtown South

Midtown South Submarket May Have Peaked

A view of lower Manhattan

With rents on a high and vacancy rates inching upward, the Midtown South commercial market may have reached its healthiest point.

Both Midtown and Midtown South – perhaps the tightest market in the country –experienced an increase in vacancy rates this past year, according to numbers released Monday by Cushman and Wakefield, rising to 10.3 Read More