World Trade Center

Port Authority Delays Vote on 3 WTC Subsidies

A rendering of 3 World Trade Center

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has postponed its vote on subsidies for Silverstein Properties3 World Trade Center until at least next month, according to published reports.

As previously reported, Scott Rechler, the vice chairman of the board of commissioners, is advocating a revised financing deal for the office tower. Under the latest proposal, the Port Authority would guarantee Silverstein Properties a $1.2 billion construction loan. At a meeting on Wednesday, Mr. Rechler explained the proposal to the board’s commissioners, which will vote next month, according to Bloomberg News. Read More

Hotel Beat

Manhattan’s Hotel Project Pipeline Climbs

Rendering of the Four Seasons entrance at 30 Park Place. (Credit: Silverstein Properties website)

The number of hotels in Manhattan’s pipeline has gone up this year compared with last year, while the room count has dropped, according to new data.

Manhattan has 79 hotels with 15,071 rooms in the planning stages, final planning stages or construction as of February, according to statistics provided by lodging industry benchmarking services firm STR to Commercial Observer. That includes 43 that are in construction. Meanwhile, the number of active hotels in February 2013 was 71, but the number of hotel rooms was 15,133. Read More

World Trade Center

Port Authority Debates 3 World Trade Center Subsidies

A rendering of 3 World Trade Center

Members of the board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are at odds over whether to double the amount of subsidies available for Silverstein Properties3 World Trade Center to $1.2 billion, according to The New York Times.

Scott Rechler, the vice chairman of the Port Authority and chief executive of RXR Realty, is spearheading the proposal, arguing that construction of the tower would mark the completion of the new World Trade Center site. Read More

Tech Beat

View the Space to Launch Mobile Platform

View the Space's Andrew Flint (left), the head of business development, and Ryan Massiello, the chief revenue officer with the new mobile app on his phone

Commercial real estate leasing startup View the Space is preparing to introduce a mobile reporting platform, Commercial Observer has learned.

Next week, the real-time data provider, which aims to streamline the leasing process for brokers and landlords, will introduce the mobile platform for iPhone and iPad after beta testing the product for the last couple of weeks. Read More

World Trade Center

REBNY President Steven Spinola Honors Larry Silverstein

L to R: Larry Silverstein, Steven Spinola

REBNY President Steven Spinola is praising friend and Silverstein Properties, Inc. Chairman Larry Silverstein for the progress made at the World Trade Center site and his various contributions to New York City real estate.

Mr. Spinola published an article in Real Estate Weekly yesterday highlighting and lauding Mr. Silverstein’s accomplishments encompassing “more than a lifetime’s worth of success” following the 82-year-old’s recent announcement that he would step down as co-CEO of SPI.

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Lease Beat

Nonprofit Publishing House Moves to 120 Wall Street

120 Wall Street

The New Press, a not-for-profit publishing house, has signed an 8,149-square-foot lease on the 31st floor of Silverstein Properties120 Wall Street.

When reached for comment, a representative of The New Press confirmed the relocation, adding that the publisher moved to 120 Wall Street from 38 Greene Street in Soho in mid-December. Silverstein Properties also confirmed the lease. Read More

The Lobby

Marty Burger Officially Takes Over as CEO of Silverstein Properties

Marty Burger

Marty Burger has been appointed as chief executive of Silverstein Properties, the company announced today, taking over sole ownership of the title he previously shared with Larry Silverstein.

Mr. Burger, who held the title of co-chief executive for two years during a period of transition, will take over responsibility of the real estate company’s day-to-day operations. A veteran of the industry, the 48-year-old first joined Silverstein Properties in 2010 after stints with Goldman Sachs, Blackstone, Related and Artisan Real Estate Ventures, a firm he founded. Read More

Year in Real Estate

Passing the Torch: Real Estate Execs Sign Off in 2013

Mort Zuckerman

From Silverstein Properties and Boston Properties on down to Forest City Ratner Companies, age played a decisive role in succession planning across some of the country’s largest real estate companies this year.

Larry Silverstein, Mort Zuckerman and Bruce Ratner all handed the reins to younger real estate executives during a year of leadership changes that rippled across the industry. Vornado Realty Trust and Cushman & Wakefield also experienced top-level shake-ups. 

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Development

Silverstein Breaking Ground on Tribeca Four Seasons

Larry Silverstein

Silverstein Properties later this morning will celebrate a ground breaking ceremony for the 82-story tower that will feature a 185-room Four Seasons hotel at 30 Park Place in Tribeca after an announcement last week that it had secured financing for the project. 

The Tribeca building at Park Place and Church Street, slated to become Downtown’s Read More

Cover Story

Grand Opening: Behind the Scenes of 4 WTC Debut

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Less than two weeks after a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony held to mark the official opening of 4 World Trade Center, the scene at the building was comparatively muted. Instead of welcoming tenants and checking in guests, security officers manned their posts as construction workers put the finishing touches on the building’s lobby.

That’s all about to change.

Within 12 months, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and New York City, the two tenants that have committed to space at tower, will complete their respective build-outs and commence moving in. Other tenants, it is hoped, won’t be far behind.

“The fact that [4 World Trade Center] is open brings another level of reality to the project,” said Adam Foster, senior vice present at CBRE, who is part of the leasing team at the Silverstein Properties-owned building. “It demystifies everything.”

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Construction Reports

Number of Stalled Sites Drops 26 Percent

Construction

The number of stalled construction sites in Manhattan dropped 26 percent over the last year, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of New York City Department of Buildings inspection records.

The number dropped from 122 in November 2012 to 90 in November of this year, while the citywide number dropped just 12 percent, Read More

Mortgage Observer

New York City Hotels Are Booming, But Beware Overexposure

Illustration by Lauren Draper.

With more than 52 million visitors to the Big Apple in 2012, one thing seems certain: By all accounts, the hospitality industry is thriving in New York City. Hundreds of new hotels, with nearly 20,000 rooms, have joined the inventory over the past few years. Despite this, according to some industry leaders, there is reason to feel uneasy about the outlook for continued growth in this asset class.

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