Industry Events

VIDEO: The State of the CRE Market

Earlier this month, an esteemed panel of real estate professionals fielded questions on the state of the commercial real estate market in post-Bloomberg New York. The panel, part of the sixth annual NYC Real Estate Expo, was moderated by Commercial Observer‘s Lauren Elkies Schram. While Ofer Yardeni, chief executive officer and co-chairman of Stonehenge Partners, caused a stir with his “bubble” talk, there were other gems shared by the colorful panelists.

Read a story about the panel here or watch a segment of the panel in the News Funnel video. Read More

Lease Beat

Swedish Coffee Chain FIKA Signs Chelsea Lease

555 6th Avenue.

New York City-based, Sweden-inspired coffeehouse FIKA will open its 12th store in the city this September at 555 Avenue of the Americas in Chelsea, the Wall Street Journal reported this morning.

The chain signed a 10-year, 1,300-square-foot lease for a storefront in a Stonehenge Partners building between West 15th and West 16th Streets with an asking rent of $275 per square foot, according to a press release from the firm, which also owns a luxury residence next door. Read More

Sales Beat

SL Green Agrees to Acquire West Side Mixed-Use Property for $386M


SL Green Realty Corp. has agreed to acquire The Olivia, a mixed-use residential and commercial property, from Stonehenge Partners for $386 million, the company announced today. The acquisition also includes a lot adjacent to the property.

“We see this acquisition as a great opportunity to expand our multifamily investment platform at a time when the New York City residential market is strong,” said Andrew Mathias, president, in a prepared statement. “The property is located in a neighborhood that is expected to absorb thousands of new jobs during the next decade. With those new jobs, the local demand for luxury housing also is expected to climb sharply.” Read More

Lease Beat

Massey Knakal Arranges 99-Year Lease at 1080 Amsterdam Avenue


Massey Knakal Realty Services has secured the 99-year lease at 1080 Amsterdam Avenue (aka 501 West 113th Street), where The Commercial Observer reported in August that a partnership between SL Green Realty Corp. and Stonehenge Partners would create a luxury residential building.

The property is located on the northwest corner of Amsterdam Avenue and West 113th Street, in the heart of Morningside Heights. Read More

Power Broker

Locked & Loaded: Multi-talented broker Aliza Avital does it all

Eastern Consolidated Senior Director Aliza Avital (photo credit: Hannah Mattix)

The broker in the canary-yellow Dolce & Gabbana overcoat—a festive and vernal touch that was perfectly suitable for this year’s bipolar winter—may be better dressed than most of the commercial brokerage industry, and could certainly lay claim to being one of the toughest in the business as well.

Aliza Avital, thin and towering and striking like a modern-day skyscraper, sat in the conference room in the offices of Eastern Consolidated, where she had just been promoted to senior director. Read More