Mortgage Observer

Related Fund Management Lends $60M For Hotel Near Hudson Yards

A rendering of the Hudson Yards project

David Marx’s 399-key hotel project near the Hudson Yards megaproject got a $60 million bridge loan from Related Fund Management and Highbridge Principal Strategies. The soon-to-rise Courtyard by Marriott sits at 461 10th Avenue, near 34th Street.

Related Fund Management, a subsidiary the transformative project’s developer, The Related Companies, launched the credit platform with New York-based investment firm Highbridge last year, with plans to invest $800 million in real estate debt, especially in gap financing. Read More

Citi Bike

Related Cos. Spin-Off Will Acquire Controlling Stake in Citi Bike

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Alta Bicycle Share, the Portland, Ore. based company that operates New York’s Citi Bike program as well as bicycle share systems in several other cities, is about to get a financial shot in the arm, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

REQX Ventures, an investment firm founded by members of Related Companies, will finalize a deal to acquire a controlling stake in the beleaguered bike share network with an eight-figure contribution which could close as soon as next week, the Journal reported. Read More

Foreclosure Auctions

One Madison Sponsors Win Retail Space at Auction

One Madison at 23 East 22nd Street.

Related CompaniesCIM Group and HFZ Capital have acquired the commercial piece of their One Madison, the condominium at 23 East 22nd Street formerly called One Madison Park.

At a foreclosure auction held this afternoon at the State Supreme Court building at 60 Centre Street, the three companies submitted the winning $3 million bid for the lone commercial unit in the building, which is between Broadway and Park Avenue South. There were no competing bids. Read More

Cover Story

Leading Beyond LEED: NYC Buildings and the Evolving Fight to Consume Less Energy

803 Knickerbocker Avenue.

One of the country’s first hyper-efficient affordable multifamily passive houses was failing a basic evaluation early this month and nobody on architect Chris Benedict’s Architecture and Energy Limited team could figure out why. When the innovative foam-and-stucco structure at 803 Knickerbocker Avenue in Bushwick couldn’t hold up to the blower door test that’s a standard Read More

Press Tour

Related Takes Press on Tour of 10 Hudson Yards

Construction is underway at 10 Hudson Yards. (Jennifer Henderson)

Michael Samuelian, vice president of Related Companies, met with roughly a dozen members of the press yesterday to discuss the progress of mega mixed-use development Hudson Yards and to host a guided tour of the Eastern Rail Yard at the West Side development site.

Related’s tour focused on 10 Hudson Yards, the only building that’s above foundation level on the Eastern Rail Yard. Work on the Eastern Rail Yard commenced in March. The building at 10 Hudson Yards will be a 52-story, 1.7-million-square-foot commercial and retail building. So far the building is at 11 stories high. Read More

On the Market

LargaVista and Related Seek ‘Gateway to Soho’ Tenants

300 Lafayette

LargaVista Companies and Related Companies showed off the green-laden and glassy designs for their planned seven-story, 83,000-square-foot retail and office building coming to 300 Lafayette Street in Soho at a party for brokers on the site last night.

Architect Rick Cook of Cook + Fox Architects presented his Landmarks Preservation Commmision-approved plans which will incorporate a three-floor prime retail space and 11,500-square-feet of outdoor garden terraces at the event sponsored by CBRE, the building’s leasing agent. Read More

Sales Beat

Prudential, L&L Acquire 511-541 West 25th Street

511 West 25th Street. (PropertyShark)

Prudential Real Estate Investors and L&L Holding Company have acquired 511-541 West 25th Street from the Related Companies in a $160 million joint venture, the buyers announced in a statement yesterday.

The interconnected office properties are located in the shadow of the High Line and boast 200,000 square feet of space and 300 feet of retail frontage. The century-old buildings were renovated within the past two years. Read More

Cover Story

Home Field Advantage: The Impact of Yankee Stadium and Citi Field

Yankee Stadium.

Baseball has long been considered a rite of spring. The sound of bat on ball has for decades been associated with those fledgling days of warm weather when New Yorkers in the Bronx and Queens embrace the early games of baseball season with a sense of renewed hope that this may just be the year.

It may also be a time of renewed hope for the neighborhoods the Yankees and Mets call home. Five years removed from the openings of the new Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, the areas around both young stadiums are set for rebirths. Read More

ICSC 2014

Retail’s Mild West?

Hudson Yards.

As deals continue to be signed by high-end retailers at the World Trade Center and Brookfield Place, the focus of New York retail leasing is firmly on lower Manhattan. But on the Far West Side, a 750,000-square-foot retail component is set to debut as part of the ambitious Hudson Yards development.

So far, only Fairway Market has officially committed to space at Hudson Yards. But with talk of a major department store being in negotiations, the acceleration of leasing is surely right around the corner.  Read More

The 360 View

Tech Provides Greater Access to Commercial Real Estate Space, but is it Really Necessary?

Google Maps interior view of Giorgione restaurant.

Retail pros are aflutter as they schedule their appointments for the International Council of Shopping Centers’ RECon Las Vegas. Two companies in particular are preparing for a big debut on the first day of the three-day May trade show: Related Companies and Floored.

Floored, a company providing software for the 3-D visualization of real estate, is planning to showcase the 3-D modeling of Related’s 26-acre Hudson Yards at its booth at the convention, David Eisenberg, the chief executive of Floored, told Commercial Observer. The technology will give potential tenants a sense of what it will look and feel like to be at the Far West Side commercial and residential development upon its completion in 2018. (Representatives from Related were not available for comment at press time.) Read More

Power Broker

Ready to Launch: Jerry Larkin’s Vision for Manhattan West

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Earlier this year, a machine known as The Launcher got to work on the foundation upon which Brookfield Office Properties’ 7.2-million-square-foot mixed-use Manhattan West project will rise.

So far, the metallic-yellow workhorse has methodically placed three of 16 concrete bridge spans atop a set of uncovered Amtrak tracks that lead to Penn Station, the rest of which are expected to be in place by year’s end.

As The Launcher continues to work ahead of schedule at the task, the “neighborhood of the future” is becoming more and more of a reality, as marketing efforts to land an anchor tenant for the development’s first commercial tower intensify. Read More

New Developments

Developers, WeWork Eye Former Prison

550 West 20th Street. (Credit: PropertyShark)

A number of developers and co-working giant WeWork toured the former Bayview Correctional Facility, a defunct women’s prison in Chelsea, with an eye toward possibly bidding on the property, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

The Related Companies, L&L Holding Company, Taconic Investment Partners and William Macklowe Company toured the facility, the Journal reported. The list of other potential suitors that viewed the property includes the rapidly expanding co-working space provider WeWork, Steinway Musical Instruments and Avenues: The World School. Read More

Hudson Yards

Related Releases New Video of Hudson Yards Development

Hudson Yards construction timeline. (Credit: Related Companies)

Related Companies has released a new visual for the construction timeline at Hudson Yards (at left) as well as a new video (below) as construction begins on the platform that will cover the rail yards.

Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center, according to new press materials from Related, which is overseeing the building of the 26-acre site bounded between 10th and 12th Avenues and running from 30th to 33rd Streets. Read More