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The Plan: GLG’s Innovative New Offices


Since GLG moved into its two-floor, 64,000-square-foot office at 60 East 42nd Street early last month, the 245 employees in the one-on-one professional learning firm’s New York City headquarters have enjoyed an office with a full-service barista bar, 33 conference rooms named after historical figures and a ping pong table for active five-minute breaks. Dennis O’Brien, the firm’s vice president of IT and office operations, and Richard Socarides, its head of public affairs, called from one of the office’s sound-sealed conference call rooms to dish on the space designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects. “People walk around smiling,” Mr. Socarides said of the staff’s reaction to their new digs near Grand Central. “For us, the experience has been amazing because it shows us how much the physical environment can transform the work experience.” Read More

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Inside the 10th Floor of 55 Hudson Yards

55 Hudson Yards.

The Related Companies’ 55 Hudson Yards, a 51-story, 1.4 million-square-foot office tower rising from 11th Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets, will offer a terrace overlooking the adjacent Hudson River Park and its surroundings to whoever snaps up the 28,000-square-foot 10th floor. Related and its partner, Oxford Properties Group, tapped master architects Eugene Kohn, of Kohn Pederson Fox, and Kevin Roche, of Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, to design the tower, slated to be standing by the end of 2017; and the two veterans arranged it with a 10-floor base that opens into a prime tier where the building sets back. “We think it’s a spectacular floor,” said Andrew Cantor, a Related vice president who is on the firm’s Hudson Yards team. “We would expect a larger user might want to take it as part of a bigger occupation.” Read More

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The Plan: 1000 Dean Street

1000 Dean Street

When Bushwick-based studio and design incubator 3rd Ward shuttered suddenly last year, the ambitious 1000 Dean Street development in Crown Heights lost its anchor tenant. The 40,000 square feet worth of space earmarked for 3rd Ward includes 30,000 square feet space on the ground floor of the building, a former Studebaker service station. That space Read More

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Physicians for Human Rights at 256 West 38th Street

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The prominent human rights organization Physicians for Human Rights has relocated from Cambridge, Mass. into its new 8,000-square-foot headquarters at 256 West 38th Street, where the Nobel Peace Prize it won jointly as a member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines now greets guests. Founded in 1986, PHR uses medicine and science to help prevent and stop atrocities and severe human rights violations and has conducted investigations in more than 40 countries around the world. The nonprofit wanted to retain the space’s open plan on a “tight budget,” said Asifa Tirmizi, a co-founder with Scot Campbell of Tirmizi Campbell, the designer of the office. The result: a light-filled space that retains its industrial charm but with an array of contemporary additions. “The warm palate of the conference center contrasts nicely with the organic feel of the workstations,” said Ms. Tirmizi, who discussed the look and feel of a headquarters worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize winner.  Read More

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The Plan: 250 Vesey Street

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Last year, Brookfield Office Properties signed about 580,000 square feet of tenants at 250 Vesey Street, which is part of Brookfield Place. This is a data point that Brookfield is very proud of, said Matt Cherry, the company’s director of investor relations and communications. One of the contributing factors to the leasing success was that Brookfield built Read More

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The BankNote Building


Taconic Investment Partners, the company behind the renovation of Google’s home at 111 Eighth Avenue, has undertaken a $25 million renovation of the BankNote building at 890 Garrison Avenue in the South Bronx. JRT Realty is marketing a newly redesigned 10,710-square-foot space on the fifth floor (a.k.a. the Lafayette Wing ) of the 400,000-square-foot Read More

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The Plan: 315 Madison Avenue

315 Madison Avenue

Occupied for 20 years by a video post-production company, the third and fourth floors have become available at Abramson Brothers’ 315 Madison Avenue. Part of the company’s portfolio for half a century, 315 Madison Avenue offers both unique proximity to Grand Central Terminal and relative value compared to neighboring Midtown South, with asking rents of $48 per square foot. Ideally suited for a new media company searching for value compared to the surging submarket to the south, 315 Madison Avenue also offers unique opportunities for any general office user. Adam Abramson, the vice president of Abramson Brothers, spoke to The Commercial Observer last week about the unique vacancy. Read More

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The Plan: 135 Seventh Avenue South/163 West 10th Street

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Vacant for more than a year, two adjacent West Village retail spaces have hit the market at 135 Seventh Avenue South and 163 West 10th Street. Formerly the home of an Italian bakery, Landbrot Bakery & Bar, that “thrived for 15 years,” according to the listing’s broker, and a barbershop, each space has the opportunity to be reinvented by tenants, including possible restaurants. Initially envisioned for a single tenant, the individual spaces have since been subdivided to accommodate separate occupants. Tom Brady of Town spoke to The Commercial Observer last week about the opportunities. Read More

The Plan Expands into Bed-Stuy


Having opened up in Cobble Hill last year, is expanding once again, this time into Bedford-Stuyvesant, where the brokerage has taken a 2,000-square-foot bi-level storefront space—with fully landscaped backyard no less—at 308 Malcolm X Boulevard.

The space is designed to be able to support 45 agents and support staff, though it’s expected to be occupied by 25 when it opens early next year. David Maundrell, the company’s founder and president, spoke to The Commercial Observer last week about expanding into Bed-Stuy and the unique features of the space.

“A lot more transactions are happening in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights,” he said. “This will be a jumping off point for us in Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, Clinton Hill, Bushwick and even Ridgewood, Queens.”

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Check Out 5 Bryant Park Retail Space


Variously utilized in the past at a bank and a Staples location, the 40,000-square-foot, two-level retail space at 1065 Avenue of the Americas—rebranded 5 Bryant Park—has been subdivided into seven separate retail spaces.

Ranging in size from approximately 2,000 square feet to nearly 19,000 square feet, the spaces are suited to a number of different uses, from restaurants to financial services. Patrick Smith of SRS Real Estate, who is marketing the retail space on behalf of Equity Office, spoke with The Commercial Observer last week about the repositioning of retail at the property and how each space suits the market.

“Equity Office came up with a scheme with architect Dan Shannon to re-skin the retail and reposition the retail in sizes and configurations that were reflective of market demand,” Mr. Smith said.

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Check Out Van Alen Institute’s New Ground-Floor Digs at 30 West 22nd Street


Housed on the top floors of 30 West 22nd Street for nearly 20 years, the Van Alen Institute, an organization dedicated to advancing innovation in architecture and design, began to imagine a more accessible space on the 1,620-square-foot ground floor of its Chelsea location.

Earlier this year, the organization launched an international design competition, which was narrowed down to 24 and then three
teams. The jury settled on a plan proposed by Collective-LOK, which will allow the space to take on a variety of uses through a “screenplay” design. Construction is expected to begin in April of next year with a September 2014 opening planned.

David van der Leer, executive director of the Van Alen Institute, and Jon Lott, architect with CLOK, spoke to The Commercial Observer last week about the plan’s unique design components and flexibility.

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Check Out New 59th Street-Columbus Circle Subway Shopping Corridor


Two weeks ago, the Metropolitan Transit Authority announced it had tapped Columbus Development to build, curate and manage Shop//Stop, an unprecedented 27,000-square-foot retail concourse at the 59th Street-Columbus Circle subway station.

As part of the plan, the developer will invest $6.5 million in capital improvements to the concourse, through which 21 million commuters pass each year. Columbus Development Principal Susan Fine, who previously worked on retail projects at the World Financial Center and Grand Central Terminal, spoke to The Commercial Observer last week about the unique challenges and opportunities presented by this public-private project.

“We’re trying to create a family of stores—a curated group of stores—which will both serve the transit rider and the population on the street,” she said.

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Retail at 585 Fifth Avenue Hits the Market in Big Way


Having been occupied by smaller-scale retailers for nearly 40 years, space at 585 Fifth Avenue is back on the market with more than 6,000 square feet available across the basement, ground, second and third floors.

A smaller building, 585 Fifth Avenue, presents a unique opportunity for retailers looking for a presence on one of New York’s most prominent shopping corridors. With flexible ownership, potential tenants will have plenty of opportunity to place their own mark on the area, and with Karen Millen and H&M set to appear on the same block, the property will benefit from tremendous foot traffic.

Perfectly suited for apparel, shoe, cosmetic and jewelry retailers, the space at 585 Fifth Avenue is asking $2.25 million per year in rent. “One block north, [rent] doubles, yet you are still pulling in the same customers—this is actually a bargain,” said Joseph Isa of Winick, who is marketing the space. Mr. Isa spoke with The Commercial Observer last week about ownership’s flexibility and the unique opportunities available to tenants.

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Empire State Realty Trust Launches New Pre-Builts (Check Them Out Here)


With Midtown South pricing out tenants in search of smaller blocks of space, the Empire State Realty Trust has designed prebuilt office space on the 16th floor of 501 Seventh Avenue to harness the demand spilling over to other parts of the market.

Considering two types of prebuilds—office and creative—ESRT opted for creative, targeting media, tech and advertising firms. “We don’t cater to the garment industry anymore,” said Fred Posniak, senior vice president, frankly. Built for immediate occupancy, the four prebuilt spaces at 501 Seventh Avenue range in size from 2,641 square feet to 5,810 square feet.

Mr. Posniak spoke to The Commercial Observer last week about benefits and unique features offered on the 16th floor.

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Flatiron District Retail Space Up for Grabs at 41 West 24th Street


After sitting vacant for two years in the heart of the Flatiron District, the new ownership group of 41 West 24th Street has elected to gut-renovate the building’s retail space in order to capitalize on the neighborhood’s growing popularity with office users and residents.

Previously occupied by a deli, the 2,300-square-foot space sits between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and enjoys close proximity to both Eataly and one of the area’s hottest residential developments, 10 Madison Square. Envisioned as the new home for a local or regional purveyor, the retail space at 41 West 24th Street is being marketed by Cushman & Wakefield to a number of potential tenants, including coffee shops.

“We’d love to do coffee, but we have got total flexibility” Steven Soutendijk told The Commercial Observer. Mr. Soutendijk, who is marketing the space alongside Stephanie Katona and Jesse Hutcher, discussed the gut renovation of the disused space.

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