REBNY Releases Deal Of The Year Award Candidates


The Real Estate Board of New York released the candidates for its annual retail deal of the year awards yesterday. This year’s field includes 10 transactions. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on June 12.

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As would be expected, the lineup includes a number of prominent leases.

times square theatre REBNY Releases Deal Of The Year Award Candidates
Times Square Theatre

Among the transactions are the Century 21 department store’s lease of space at 1972 Broadway last year, a 61,000-square-foot deal in which it took over a store formerly occupied by Barnes & Noble near Lincoln Center. Gene Spiegelman and Michael O’Neill, executives at Cushman & Wakefield, handled that deal.

Bradley Mendelson and Alan Schmerzler, who also both retail executives at C&W, are being considered for their lease of the Time Square Theatre. The space had been leased to the clothing and apparel company Marc Ecko, but long sat empty before the two leased it to Broadway 4D Theatres last year.

Jeff Roseman, a prominent retail broker at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, is up for consideration for bringing a branch of the restaurant chain Jekyll & Hyde to the former New York Times building 229 West 43rd Street.

RKF retail broker Karen Bellantoni is in contention for her work leasing the Meatpacking District property 810 Washington Street. Among the tenants that Ms. Bellantoni brought to the property last year were the fashion boutiques Vanita Rosa and Intermix.

Darrell Rubens of the Winick Realty Group and Peter Ripka, who heads the brokerage Ripco Real Estate, are also candidates for the award for brokering a deal to bring the discount department store TJ Maxx downtown to 14 Wall Street where it took 32,000 square feet.

“We recognize the level of ingenuity, creativity and skill needed to achieve these remarkable transactions,” Steven Spinola, REBNY’s president, said in a statement. “Last year brought in some exciting deals and it’s going to make for some stiff competition High praise is extended to all the nominees and we look forward to celebrating the winners of the Retail Deal of the Year Awards this June.”