Midtown South

Midtown South Submarket May Have Peaked

A view of lower Manhattan

With rents on a high and vacancy rates inching upward, the Midtown South commercial market may have reached its healthiest point.

Both Midtown and Midtown South – perhaps the tightest market in the country –experienced an increase in vacancy rates this past year, according to numbers released Monday by Cushman and Wakefield, rising to 10.3 Read More

The Year in Review

Commercial Real Estate In Memorium: 2012

A sketch of David Winoker.

New York real estate is some of the most desirable and expensive in the world, but the ever-fluctuating price of a square foot of space in a given neighborhood is unquestionably dwarfed by the value of human life. This year, the commercial real estate world lost several notable figures and The Commercial Observer would like to take a moment to remember them. Read More

The Year in Review

2012: The Year Tech Invaded NYC Real Estate

year tech broke

This past February, 10Gen, developer of the computer system database MongoDB, was in search of new office space, specifically in tech- and media-rich Midtown South.

The company needed a large open layout for its workers, with an option for more space to allow the firm to grow—plus an option to terminate. Unfortunately, the ultra-tight market Read More

Retail

Retail Run on Bowery

Bowery is fast becoming a retail hotbed. (image: Peter Guthrie on Flickr)

Much has been made of the metamorphosis of the Bowery from one time skid row to trendy runway. Boutique hotels, apartment buildings, the New Museum and residential developments have landed and it seems retail is realizing the street’s potential.

“I really think it’s coming together down there,” said Faith Hope Consolo, chairman of the retail Read More

Sales Beat

More Luxury Condos Coming to Greenwich Village

12 East 13th Street will be converted to luxury condos.

East 13th Street, LLC., – a partnership of DHA Capital and Continental Properties – has closed on the purchase of a 45,000+ square foot parking garage in Greenwich Village. The property, which sold Dec. 5 for $32 million at slightly more than $700 per square foot, is located at 12 East 13th Street and will Read More

Lease Beat

Pie Face Sets Up Northeast of Hudson Yards

464 Ninth Avenue has been leased by Pie Face, an Australian pie vendor.

Australian pie maker, Pie Face, closed on its sixth New York location, grabbing space within shouting distance of the Hudson Yards development.

The company will transform 464 Ninth Avenue into one of its pie kitchens, offering sweet and savory pastries, in a 1,000-square-foot corner. The company closed on the 10-year lease early last month. The asking price was $120 per square foot.

“They like the space, the like the traffic there during the day,” said CBRE associate, Robert Bonicoro, who represented Pie Face. The company intends to “aggressively” seek new locations in Manhattan with no specific neighborhood in mind. Areas in Brooklyn will also be considered if they offer adequate foot traffic and friendly rental fees. Optimal spots would be up to 2,000 square feet or as small as 500 square feet if basement space or storage is included. Read More

ICSC

ICSC: Lessons Learned and Shopping Hotspots

Adelaide Polsinelli, senior director at Eastern Consolidated

The International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC) New York conference is over. Meetings were held, retailers were courted, flirtations between players crackled with possibilities. The Commercial Observer asked three experienced New York brokers what they learned at the conference and where the city’s retail hotspots are. This is what they said…

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The Lobby

Avison Young Hires Newmark’s Michael Leff

Avison Young's newest principal, Michael A. Leff.

Canada-based real estate firm, Avison Young, continues its poaching expedition, announcing today that Michael A. Leff has been named principal and will operate, effective immediately, from the company’s New York office. Mr. Leff, formerly a senior managing director with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, will shoulder a number of responsibilities, including site selection, lease negotiation, strategic Read More