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Howard Hughes to Market 80 South Street

80 South Street (image: GoogleMaps).

The Howard Hughes Corporation, the real estate development company behind the South Street Seaport’s revitalization, has completed a site assemblage for 80 South Street, Commercial Observer has learned.

According to a spokeswoman for the company, Howard Hughes is marketing for sale or joint venture its interest in the assemblage for 80 South Street, the 8,128-square-foot site that sits on the corner of Fletcher Street by the East River. Last January, Real Estate Weekly reported that Howard Hughes paid $100 million for the site. Read More

Lease Beat

Emily Thompson Flowers Signs Lease at South Street Seaport

211 Front Street

Emily Thompson Flowers, a high-end floral arrangements designer, has signed a five-year, 850-square-foot retail lease at 211 Front Street, located on the corner of Beekman and Front Streets in Manhattan’s South Street Seaport District, The Commercial Observer has learned.

The space features 12-foot ceilings, with roughly 60 feet of exterior wraparound frontage and floor-to-ceiling windows, brokers Read More


Business Improvement Districts See Budget Windfalls

The Garment District has one of several BIDs reporting budget gains.

Seven of the largest business improvement districts in the city are taking advantage of expanding budgets this year, thanks in part to an imminent changing of the guard at City Hall.

The Garment District witnessed one of the biggest gains, with an assessment-budget increase of $2 million, or nearly 35 percent, to $7.8 million for the coming year. The Alliance for Downtown New York’s yearly assessment surged 21 percent, to $15.8 million in 2013. The lower Manhattan BID expects 400 stores to open in the coming years as new retail space at Brookfield Place and Pier 17 fill up.  Read More

Sea Change

Welcome to the South Street Tweeport! Downtown Tourist Trap Aims for Cool, Cool Summer

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes at the Seaport.

On a recent summer Saturday afternoon, the weather is perfect but the South Street Seaport’s so-called Tourist Alley is devoid of tourists. Nearly eight months after Sandy ransacked the area, its tent-pole businesses—Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Brookstone—remain closed.

Over at Pier 17, at the widely loathed third-floor food court, Arthur Treacher’s and Subway do a brisk business. A thousand little Statues of Liberty glimmer beneath fluorescent lighting. Read More

ICSC 2013

NYC Retail Heat Map


New York retail comes in sizes large and small, from spaces of only a few hundred feet in Soho
to the city’s massive department stores. As developers continue to find new parcels of land to build upon, new opportunities for retail take shape.

Downtown continues to be repositioned as a retail destination with Brookfield Place, One World Trade Center and the redeveloped South Street Seaport expected to house hundreds of thousands of square feet of shopping space. Not to be outdone, Herald Square is looking at a repositioning, aimed not at discount stores but full-priced international retailers.

After the jump, The Commercial Observer pinpoints 10 retail trends impacting New York City. Read More

ICSC 2013

Retail on the Rebound: Spirits High at ICSC Event

(Credit: LeVar Thomas)

In 2009 and 2010 “you could have rolled a bowling ball down the aisle” at the International Council of Shopping Centers’ RECon conference “and it wouldn’t have hit anybody,” Massey Knakal executive vice president of retail leasing Benjamin Fox told The Commercial Observer.

But when an estimated 33,000 real estate professionals converged upon one million Read More


RKF Named Exclusive Leasing Agent for 365,000 SF South Street Seaport Retail

Renderings of the new Pier 17

The Howard Hughes Corporation named a team from RKF the exclusive leasing agent and consultant on the recently approved South Street Seaport redevelopment.

RKF Chairman and CEO Robert K. Futterman, Executive Vice President Karen Bellantoni and Tess Jacoby will represent Hughes Corp. on this pivotal project, which will bring 365,000 square feet of retail, dining and entertainment space to a Seaport shellacked by Superstorm Sandy last fall. Read More


City Planning Commission Approves Pier 17 Retail Development Plans at South Street Seaport


The New York City Department of City Planning has approved The Howard Hughes Corporation’s plans to raze South Street Seaport’s Pier 17 and replace it with a two-level glass structure.

The commission agreed to allow the Dallas-based developer to overhaul the existing development with 120,000 square feet of retail and additional open space, including a 10,000-square-foot Read More