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Fresh Planet App Spurs Growth, New Lease

Song Pop

New York City-based tech company Fresh Planet has reportedly signed a four-year, 12,500-square-foot lease at PRD Realty’s 19 West 34th Street.

The venture capital-backed startup, which created Song Pop, a music trivia game that lets users send challenges to other users, will more than double its space and more than triple its staff to 80 Read More

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Community Health Center Callen-Lorde Inks Deal One Block from Headquarters

(Photo: Callen-Lorde)

Non-profit Callen-Lorde has signed an 11-year, 10,500-square-foot lease at Hakim Organization’s 230 West 17th Street.

The organization, which specializes in providing health care and related services to New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, will occupy the fifth floor and half of the fourth.

The non-profit was looking for a space close to the Read More

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Verigold Jewelry Moves US Office to 3 East 54th Street

Courtesy of Cohen Brothers

Verigold Jewelry will be moving to a new office in Midtown.

The jewelry trading company, previously located on the ninth floor of 501 Madison Avenue, will be moving to an 11,735-square-foot office at 3 East 54th Street. The company is a subsidiary of Mumbai-based Renaissance Group and designs, manufacturers, and sells diamond and gem jewelry. Read More

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St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Leases Space for UWS Outpatient Facility

St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital signed a 15-year, 12,500-square-foot lease at the Starrett Development-owned 733 Amsterdam Avenue. A source informed The Commercial Observer that the hospital paid in the high $50s per square foot for the space.

Starrett will build a two-story annex, separate from the rest of the largely residential building, said hospital spokesperson, Jim Mandler. The hospital will take the second Read More

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Tokyo Fashion House Comes to Seventh

Tokyo tunes into 530 Seventh Avenue.

Onward Kashiyama! said all involved parties last Thursday, as the Japanese fashion house by that name renewed its lease at 530 Seventh Avenue for three years.

Tokyo-based Onward Kashiyama distributes a number of men’s and women’s apparel lines, including preppy men’s clothier J. Press. The Connecticut-born retailer is perhaps best known for selling sweaters emblazoned with the logo of Skull and Bones, Yale University’s most notorious fraternal organization. Onward also owns top ballet shoe makers Chacott and Freed of London, and designs custom clothes for brands such as Calvin Klein and Sonia Rykiel. Read More

Advantage, Savitt

The Commercial Observer:

You just celebrated the one-year anniversary of Savitt Partners. How has it been? Everything you hoped it would be?

Mr. Savitt: It’s been great. It really has worked out well. Things are going very well. It’s been a lot of fun. And no complaints. We wish the economy was Read More