Tech Beat

Honest Buildings Launches iPad App

Screenshot of the new Honest Buildings app

Connection engine Honest Buildings has launched a free iPad app for real estate service pros who have submitted projects on the website so they can share their work in real-time on-the-go to prospective clients, Commercial Observer has learned.

“We kept getting examples of people’s work in the PDF two-page document that every vendor in the real estate industry has to showcase what they have,” said Riggs Kubiak, the company’s CEO. “We thought we could drastically improve that experience.” Read More

Five-year anniversary

Five Years Post-Stock Market Crash, How are CRE Pros Faring?

NYSE And Deutsche Boerse To Possibly Merge

This past Sunday marked the five-year anniversary of the lowest point in the stock market crash which sent everyone, including New York City’s real estate market pros, reeling. In late 2010 and early 2011, New York City essentially recovered from the economic meltdown but business hasn’t always been rosy since. Commercial Observer checked in to see how the city’s commercial real estate brokers were doing five years ago and how they are faring today.  Read More

Development

Greenburger Set to Construct A ‘Legacy’

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Developer Francis Greenburger of Time Equities has secured $400 million in financing to move forward with a Helmut Jahn-designed downtown Manhattan residential tower at 50 West Street.

The Wall Street Journal reported last night that the financing gives the developer the go to begin construction on the long-stalled 63-story residential project, which will overlook Battery Park and the Hudson River, in the fall. Read More

Lease Beat

Governor’s Office Renews at 633 Third Avenue

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office negotiated a 10-year renewal for its 39,254-square-foot space on the 38th and 39th floors at Time Equities633 Third Avenue. Starting rent was in the low-$60s per square foot, according to CompStak data.

A simultaneous 10-year lease renewal signed by Empire State Development stands to save the agency $2.5 million. In the 104,200-square-foot deal for floors 33 to 37, Empire State Development will pay rents in the low-$60s per square foot, according to data from CompStak, down from rent in the mid-$80s per square foot. Read More

Lease Beat

Empire State Development to Save Millions in Lease Renewal

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A 10-year lease renewal signed by Empire State Development at Time Equities633 Third Avenue stands to save the agency $2.5 million. The 104,200-square-foot deal for floors 33 to 37 will see Empire State Development pay rents in the low-$60s per square foot, according to data from CompStak, down from rent in the mid-$80s per square foot.

The reduction in rent of approximately $24 per square foot will reduce Empire State Development’s yearly rent to $6.5 million through June 2016 from the previous annual rent of nearly $9 million, according to notes from an April directors meeting. Rents will increase to $68.50 per square foot, or just over $7 million per year, from July 2020 until the termination of the lease, but still represent considerable cost savings for the urban development corporation. Read More

Postings

ICSC 2012: A Walk on the Wild Side

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The International Council of Shopping Centers landed in New York at the Hilton yesterday morning for Day 1 of its two-day New York National Conferences. Keynote addresses were made, palms were greased and rubbery chicken was endured, as attendees shuffled between booths set up by retailers and brokerage firms ranging from A&G Realty Partners to Zinburger Frozen Yogurt.

After the jump, The Commercial Observer’s Billy Gray joins, and attempts to stay above, the fray.
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