After securing a $45 million loan from Meridian Capital Group to finance the development of Williamsburg’s first Whole Foods, the healthful grocery Goliath is targeting a mid-2014 debut.
The 35,000-square-foot store at 240-242 Bedford Avenue is part of a 150,000-square-foot development that will take up a full block of North 4th Street between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street. The project will also include a New York Sports Club and luxury rental apartments. Read More
No more $1 coffee (for a limited time only) and chicken nuggets on the corner of First and First in Park Slope.
A joint venture between Silverstone Property Group and Adam America Real Estate has purchased the lot at 275 Fourth Avenue, currently home to a McDonald’s, for $14.8 million, with plans to develop a Read More
CVS Pharmacy is the latest tenant to move to the Lower East Side, inking a deal at 42-56 East Houston Street.
The pharmacy chain, whose presence is limited and overshadowed by Walgreens and Duane Reade in the city, will be taking a 10,365-square-foot space that spans the entire block between Mulberry and Mott streets. Read More
About 200 retail real estate specialists gathered at 101 Park Avenue’s 101 Club last Tuesday for the Real Estate Board of New York’s 15th annual Retail Deal of the Year Awards cocktail party.
Brokers flocked to a bountiful buffet and an open bar with generous pours. In a lonely corner, an ignored PowerPoint presentation summarized the nominees. Here’s what went down as the assembled waited to hear which of the nine submitted transactions would take home the evening’s two big honors. Read More
Brokers who brought big name chain retailers to a pair of Jeff Sutton properties won big last night at the Real Estate Board of New York‘s Retail Deal of the Year Awards at 101 Park Avenue.
David LaPierre of CBRE nabbed the prize for “most ingenious and creative retail deal that demonstrates exceptional broker acumen” for a transaction that brought Express to 1552-1560 Broadway. Jacqueline Klinger and Chase Welles of SCG Retail‘s success in landing Whole Foods in Harlem (at 100 West 125th Street) were deemed the brokers behind “the retail deal which is most significant in its overall characteristics and importance to the New York City Retail Market” Read More
LA Boxing will be opening a new location in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Located on the corner of 3rd Street and Fourth Avenue, LA Boxing will take the entire 6,000-square-foot second floor of the three-story commercial property at 340 Fourth Avenue. Read More
As Gowanus braces for long-simmering residential development along the banks of its notoriously filthy canal, local and roving party people can take heart that one neighborhood standby has, for now, been given a stay of execution. Gowanus Grove, the half-acre lot at 400 Carroll Street, will return this summer as the home of alfresco dance music bash Mister Sunday. Read More
What a difference five years makes. When Winick Realty Group Executive Vice President Lori Shabtai marketed a 13,000-square-foot retail space at 459 Broadway in 2008, she hinged part of the sell on the cachet of the intersection of Broadway and Grand Street.
“I called it the heart of Soho,” Ms. Shabtai, 52, said during an interview in her well-appointed (and well-heated) office. “I remember a broker calling me and saying, ‘That’s more like the colon of Soho.’”
That any doubts persisted so recently about the viability of that block attests to the dizzyingly fast rate of change in New York real estate. The interaction also attests to Ms. Shabtai’s prescience and her quick mastery of the steep learning curve in commercial real estate, a field she entered just eight years ago. Read More
The owner of an upcoming Harlem burger joint must be hoping that a current YouTube meme has long legs. Jelena Pasic settled on the name Harlem Shake for her restaurant six months ago, well before a series of amateur videos riffing on Brooklyn d.j. Bauer‘s song of the same name went viral, quickly racking up hundreds of millions of views.
The New York Post‘s Steve Cuozzo writes today that the happy coincidence has prompted a big spike in neighborhood interest in the humble eatery, with proprietors telling him they “never [had] in the back of our minds this whole phenomenon.” Ms. Pasic hopes that the enthusiasm lingers when Harlem Shake and its proposed 65-seat sidewalk cafe open in a few months on the corner of Lenox Avenue and 124th Street. Read More
American Eagle will be expanding in Harlem.
The preppy teen retailer has signed a deal for an 8,500-square-foot lease at 100 West 125th Street, the brand’s most northern location in the city. American Eagle will join Burlington Coat Factory and Whole Foods in the soon-to-be-built development on the corner of Malcolm X Boulevard and 125th Read More
Some city landlords are kicking and screaming back after an article published in The Commercial Observer yesterday morning cited sources who allege that a new wave of city landlords are leapfrogging brokers to get at retail tenants directly—but many continue to claim that the landlords do just that.
Wharton Properties’ Jeff Sutton, who sources name among several landlords, sought to set the record straight yesterday, claiming that “95 percent of the deals I do have brokers” and calling the implication that he does otherwise “disgusting.”
“Some deals where I’ve had relationships [with] tenants for many years, who don’t have brokers, I do myself, but how could you put me in that category,” he said. “I’ve never ever gone around anybody.” Read More
An expansive development site at 39-53 Jay Street in Brooklyn has sold for $25 million and could bring in the big name retailers needed to anchor Vinegar Hill as the neighborhood undergoes a residential transformation.
The existing three-story manufacturing property, formerly used as a metal stamping and engraving facility, measures roughly 80,000 square feet, in addition to a partial basement and an annex building.
“This site has the largest footprint in Vinegar Hill, and possibly in all of the greater Downtown Brooklyn market,” said Massey Knakal Director of Sales Stephen Palmese, who exclusively handled the transaction. “The ability to offer big box retail could really change the landscape.” Read More
Eastern Effects, a film and television equipment, studio and office space provider, signed a lease for a 72,000-square-foot warehouse location at 99 Ninth Street in Gowanus.
The company currently has a 68,000-square-foot studio space at nearby 270 Nevins Street in addition to an office space and equipment pickup location. The asking rent was $13 per square foot. Brian Kanarack, a principal at BKR Partners, represented the tenant. The landlord, C&F Second Avenue LLC, was represented in-house. Read More
Two floors encompassing 92,000 square feet of retail space at the luxury residential conversion 185 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg are on the market.
The leasing agency, TerraCRG, claims in the listing that this is the largest contiguous available retail block in the north Brooklyn neighborhood. Asking rents are at $50 per square foot for minimal divisible lot sizes of 5,000 square feet. Read More