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Cartier! Versace! Vuitton! Financing Next Gen at Crown’s Ritzy Retail Focus

Chera brothers.

One day in the late 1980s, three Brooklyn brothers in their teens—Isaac, Haim and Richard Chera—followed their grandfather, Isaac, and their father, Stanley, on a trip to Manhattan. While not in school, the brothers would spend much of their spare time in the Fulton Street children’s clothing store that their grandfather had opened in 1948, in a space formerly occupied by a hat store, Suzette Millinery Shop. At the time, lacking the money to replace the previous banner, Isaac Chera simply tweaked it, naming his business Suzette Kiddie Store. Only later, after having expanded to several other stores, did the family change the name to Young World. Soon, the elder Isaac Chera started to invest in real estate. The best advice he gave to his family, according to his grandson, Haim, was to always buy the building where they had a store. Read More

Lease Beat

Financial Protection Bureau Signs First New York Lease At 2 Grand Central Tower

2 GCT

The Financial Protection Bureau established its first New York outpost by signing a 21,000-square-foot lease at 2 Grand Central Tower. The bureau will occupy part of the third floor and the entire fourth floor at the Midtown building purchased last year by Rockwood Capital. The 10-year lease was done for rents around $50 per square foot. Paul Amrich, Vice Chairman in CBRE‘s Brokerage Services Group, led a team representing the landlord. David Leest, a broker with Brody Realty Corp., represented the bureau.

The regulatory agency was established last year as a result of the Dodd-Frank Act, legislation passed to guard consumers in the wake of the financial crisis and Great Recession. The bureau sought a space that would place it near the financial services companies it works with–the headquarters of Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank and Wells Fargo are within a few blocks of 2 Grand Central Tower, on 45th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues. Read More

Lease Beat

2 Grand Central Tower Fills 42nd Floor

Courtesy of The Egge Adventure

ED&F Man have signed a ten-year lease for an office in Rockwood Capital’s 2 Grand Central Tower.

The commodities, logistics, and risk management services firm will grab 22,014 square feet spanning the entire 42nd floor and some of the 41st floor. The firm is in the process of moving in with small work being done Read More

Lease Beat

Banorte Securities is Moving Up Thirty Floors at 140 East 45th Street

From the second floor to the thirty-second!  (Courtesy New York Times)

Banorte Securities, a Mexican financial firm based in Monterrey, is expanding its New York office at Rockwood Capital‘s building at 140 East 45th Street.

Banorte has been a second-floor tenant of the building for the past seven years, but recent growth and a fast approaching lease expiration has pressured expansion. The bank will be moving to an 8,500-square-foot office on the 32nd floor. Read More

Investment Sales

Jamestown Properties and Rockwood Capital Purchase 530 Fifth Avenue

530 Fifth Avenue.

Jamestown Properties and Rockwood Capital, along with Crown Acquisitions and Murray Hill Properties, finalized their deal to purchase 530 Fifth Avenue for a reported $390 million, officials said.

The property, which was previously owned by Joseph Moinian and the Chetrit Group, will receive a $20 million renovation to upgrade the building. Read More