Lease Beat

Kenneth Cole Steps Into New Location on the Bowery

328 Bowery.

Shoes, watches and handbags designer Kenneth Cole is opening a new store at the base of Bond Street Lofts Condominium, RKF told Commercial Observer. The 10-year deal is for 2,510 square feet on the ground level and 1,604 square feet in the basement.

Kenneth Cole’s address will be 328 Bowery at the corner of Bond Street, while the six-story residential building uses an address of 57 Bond Street. The asking rent for the former bank space was $300 per square foot, RKF said. Read More

Sales Beat

Dalan Management, RWN Real Estate Partners Buy Nolita Building for $14.6M

235 Elizabeth Street.

Dalan Management and RWN Real Estate Partners have partnered to purchase the residential property at 235 Elizabeth Street between East Houston Street and Prince Streets for $14.6 million, or approximately $800 per square foot, according to a press release. The seller, Gordon Chin, had owned the property with his family since 1987.

The six-story building is comprised of 18,081 square feet, with 27 residential apartments and three retail spaces. A B Biagi Coffee is one of the current tenants at the property. Read More

Sales Beat

Slate Picks Up Kips Bay Apartment Building for $18.5M

245 East 30th Street

Slate Property Group along with equity partner RWN Real Estate Partners have bought 245 East 30th Street, a six-story apartment building built in 1910, from Aro Management for $18.5 million. The sale closed on Jan. 15 and was recorded with the city yesterday, property records show.

The building, which is between Second and Third Avenues, is 22,000 square feet, according to Martin Nussbaum, the founder of Slate, with 30 residential units. He said he loves the location of the building with Fairway around the corner. He added that the building is “a great addition” to the company’s portfolio, which includes the Collective, seven contiguous apartment buildings comprised of 150 units on East 33rd Street and Third Avenue. Read More

Sales Beat

West Village Property with Ralph Lauren Retail Location Trades for $17M

383 Bleecker Street. (Credit:: PropertyShark)

A West Village mixed-use property with a Ralph Lauren retail location at its base has sold for $17 million, according to public records. The five-story building, located at 383 Bleecker Street, was acquired by RWN Real Estate Partners in a deal that closed in February.

In addition to the retail component, the building boasts seven one-bedroom market-rate rental apartments. An 850-square-foot unit in the building last rented for $4,500 per month last year, according to StreetEasy. Read More

Sales Beat

The Grayson in Kips Bay Sells for $100M

A rendering of The Grayson's renovated lounge

RWN Real Estate Partners and Silverstone Property Group have announced the sale of The Grayson, a 17-story, 128-unit residential building located at 247 East 28th Street in Kips Bay, for $99.75 million.

Martin Nussbaum, principal and co-founder of Silverstone and Ari Shalam, managing partner of RWN, originally purchased The Grayson for $53 Million in February 2012. Read More

Power Broker

Each One Teach One: Massey Knakal Broker James Nelson


James Nelson recently ushered a dozen Colgate University undergraduate students on a tour through The Abingdon, a West Village nursing home-turned-luxury condo where some units, which sold out this month, ran for more than $10 million.

With the help of his team, Mr. Nelson, a partner at Massey Knakal, sold the property at 607 Hudson Street for just over $33 million to Flank Architects in 2011 on behalf of nonprofit group VillageCare, which previously ran a nursing home there.

Much like the undergrads, the investment sales heavyweight traveled The Abingdon’s hallways with looks of awe, as Jon Kully, a principal at Flank, led the group into its sprawling condos. The building bore no resemblance to the nursing home Mr. Nelson had first stepped foot into in 2007. “They had 200 beds packed in there, and it wasn’t up to code, and it was in desperate need of renovation,” he said. “This was a complete transformation. It really was amazing what they did, and to know that I had a small part in making that happen was great.” Read More