Post-Tropical Storm Sandy
More than one year after Hurricane Sandy, the amazing recovery from the storm and rebirth of Downtown has some people viewing its touchdown in New York City almost as a blessing in disguise.
Perhaps no one more than Adam Goldberg, director of New York Operations at AquaFence, who moved into his current role at the Read More
Masters of Real Estate
The Commercial Observer will host its annual Masters of Real Estate conference on October 16 at The Metropolitan Club, located at 1 East 60th Street. Beginning at 8am, the event will feature three panel discussions on the State of New York City Real Estate, the State of Opportunistic Investments and the State of the Capital Markets.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced two new tech initiatives to expand the city’s access to wireless and broadband connectivity, one of which encourages the deployment of leading broadband technologies across its commercial real estate buildings.
The Wireless Corridor Challenge will establish free public WiFi corridors in each of the five boroughs, while WiredNYC, described as LEED Read More
Tech and the City
The Downtown Alliance has announced LaunchLM, a city-backed initiative aimed at bringing together tech innovators below Chambers Street.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced the endeavor, which will be advised by a group of leaders including Rudin Management’s Bill Rudin, during a speech last week on New York City’s post-9/11 renewal.
“This new initiative will advance the tech community in Read More
Samantha Rudin, a member of The Drama League Theater Center‘s board, helped the 98-year-old arts organization find a new home and stage.
The Drama League inked a 5-year, 4,000-square-foot deal at the Rudin family’s 32 Avenue of the Americas in Tribeca. The space will be a combination of offices and a “black box” theater.
Alexander Chudnoff, a commercial leasing broker who takes pride in strengthening relationships with clients through “impeccable service,” was especially busy in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
The Jones Lang LaSalle executive managing director was dividing his time last week between volunteer efforts in the Rockaways, where he provided hot pizza and coffee to storm victims, and getting on the phone to make sure his Downtown Manhattan clients could stay open. Though it was a difficult time, the activity of making connections was just what attracted Mr. Chudnoff to the business in the first place.
“I love to make calls. I love to canvass,” he said. “I like to develop the relationship.”
In some cases, the storm required short-term arrangements, such as lining up space with other clients or in Jones Lang’s own offices, he said. In others, clients were able to proceed with minimal disruption, as when Dentsu Holdings USA returned to work at 32 Avenue of the Americas when Rudin Management opened the building the Monday after the storm.
Featuring an all-star line up of the city’s most formidable real estate professionals, this year’s annual Masters of Real Estate fetched a record 450 RSVPs, The Commercial Observer has learned.
Observer Media Group executives began preparing for the event, now in its third year, six months in advance with an eye toward creating an eclectic mix of speakers. Larry Silverstein of Silverstein Properties, Michael Fascitelli of Vornado, William Rudin of Rudin Management, Jeff Blau of Related Companies and Glenn Rufrano of Cushman & Wakefield are all scheduled to appear. Rob Speyer of Tishman Speyer bowed out.
Jared Kushner, the owner of The Commercial Observer and president of Kushner Companies, will lead the event with remarks.
An improved transportation hub at South Ferry and the overhaul of Battery Park have yet to translate into gains for the Financial West office market.
The area west of Broadway and South Street and south of Albany and Liberty Streets had the lowest average rent and highest vacancy rate among downtown submarkets in the third quarter, according to Cushman & Wakefield.
From Washington Heights to Lower Manhattan, nearly every neighborhood includes at least a little office space.
And while it can be difficult to discern on the ground, most neighborhoods and ZIP codes have a single, predominant landlord who rules the roost.
To determine who controls each of the borough’s nearly 50 ZIP codes, we combed the portfolios of Manhattan’s 20 largest owners and drafted a turf map of sorts. In cases where none of the 20 largest landlords owned office property, such as in the Lower East Side and parts of the West Village, no victor is listed.
Gathered from each company’s official website and media liaisons, as well as the United States Postal Service, the data after the jump includes ZIP codes for single buildings as well, numbered in inset maps.
2012 Owners Magazine
On a recent late-summer conference call, William Rudin, Michael Rudin and Samantha Rudin Earls—three members of one of New York City’s most venerable commercial real estate families—were engaged in a bit of dactylonomy.
The three weren’t trying to come up with the number of buildings currently in the family’s commercial and residential portfolio, but rather were adding up the number of family members currently working at the company.
“That’s two, four …” Some names were mumbled. After a little back and forth, they settled on nine.
In a city known for the prominence of a handful of families in commercial real estate, single names like Rudin, Durst, Rose, Muss and LeFrak have come to symbolize the industry. These families have survived the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression while witnessing, along with the rest of us, the rise of real estate investment trusts, the top three of which now have a combined New York portfolio of roughly 67.6 million square feet.
In a era when the word ‘dynasty’ is often overused and left to trail behind words like—let’s face it—‘sports’ or ‘Kardashian,’ it finds true meaning when one surveys these biggest families in New York commercial real estate. Many of them, after all, are generations old and still control vast portfolios of properties while wielding the type of power that only comes with reputation and recognition.
7City Learning, Inc., a London-based global financial services training company, has renewed its lease for 7,500 square feet of space at 55 Broad Street in Lower Manhattan. Asking rents at 55 Broad Street are in the mid-$30 range.
Back in March, Rudin Management announced it had reached a deal with Long Island-LIU to open up an urgent care center in part of the old St. Vincent’s hospital in Greenwich Village. This would allow the powerful developer to continue with plans to build luxury condos in place of much of the old hospital as well as returning medical care to the neighborhood. Many locals were unsatisfied, since they would not be getting a full-fledged hospital, but the main opposition group has just dropped its legal appeal to the deal, meaning it can go ahead.
Nothing takes us back to that halcyon year of 1996 as does seeing the likes of Michael Ondaatje and Drew Carey in the same paragraph. In a delightful blast from the not-so-distant past, the stars’ respective talent agencies have renewed at the Rudin family’s 41 Madison Avenue.
The Gersh Agency, who, in addition to a svelter Read More
Well, the Rudins have their latest prize—a bankruptcy court judge yesterday approved the august real estate family’s purchase of the shuttered St. Vincent’s hospital campus for $260 million.
The plan is somewhat controversial for not including full emergency care or inpatient services, though the judge in the case would not allow a Read More