The Real Deal New York

  • City Planning to review 445K sf Staten Island Mall expansion

    Plans call for Macy's addition, supermarket, movie theater and garage
    July 23, 2014 11:50AM

    Map of planned Staten Island Mall expansion at 8665 Richmond Avenue

    Chicago-based real estate investment trust General Growth Properties is slated to present its plans tomorrow to the Department of City Planning for the 445,000-square-foot expansion of the 85-acre Staten Island Mall. [more]

  • Ridgewood Masonic Temple in Bushwick designated landmark

    Fraternal society uses 1920s-era venue for meetings, concerts
    July 23, 2014 11:25AM

    1054 Bushwick Avenue in Bushwick

    The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the Ridgewood Masonic Temple in Bushwick a city landmark yesterday in a unanimous decision.

    The Beaux-Arts structure was erected at 1054 Bushwick Avenue, near Gates Avenue, in 1920. Fraternal society the Freemasons uses the 15,000-square-foot space for meetings and parties. Bands such as Sleigh Bells and Lightning Bolt have performed in the first-floor theater in recent years, as previously reported. [more]

  • Former de Blasio campaign manager consulting for Airbnb

    Apartment-sharing site took on Bill Hyers months ago as it tweaks business model in NYC
    July 23, 2014 11:00AM
    From left: Bill Hayers and Airbnb website

    From left: Bill Hayers and Airbnb website

    Mayor Bill de Blasio’s former campaign manager has signed on as a consultant with Airbnb as the apartment-sharing website weathers challenges to its business model in New York City. [more]

  • Meet the landlord: Tom Lebling of Equity Residential

    Acquisition, development lifts real estate investment trust portfolio in New York area to 38 properties with 10,330 units
    July 23, 2014 10:30AM
    Tom Lebling

    Tom Lebling

    From the July issue: In this month’s meet the landlord feature, TRD talks to Tom Lebling of Equity Residential. He discusses how he got his start in real estate, the challenges he has faced as a landlord and his workload since the Archstone acquisition. Click here to read more.

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  • Brokerage manual reveals tricks of the trade in NYC

    One pithy tip from the guide: Engage clients in small talk, such as "Do you like the sun?"
    July 23, 2014 10:00AM

    A manual with tips for brokers has been revealed

    When is it appropriate for a broker to date a potential tenant? According to a real estate manual from an unnamed brokerage, not until “after we rent them and collect the broker’s fee.”

    The Guardian got its hands on that manual for real estate agents in New York City after it was left in one reporter’s apartment. Other advice includes: always get the client into the office and never show an apartment to a husband without his wife. [more]

  • 243 West 98th Street #7A

    243 West 98th Street #7A

    Doll-filled house, including a rent-stabilized tenant, lists for $1.3 million. Professional ropers inspect buildings from up close, 500 feet above the ground. Construction at One Soho Square underway. Read these stories and more after the jump.

  • Design of new High Line building revealed

    Soo Chan tapped as architect for Bauhouse Group's building on West 29th Street
    July 23, 2014 09:06AM
    Renderings for 515 West 29th Street

    Renderings for 515 West 29th Street

    The latest building to join the High Line has been revealed. [more]

  • 8 NYC sites that were razed before Landmarks panel could act

    Report says owners demolished buildings ahead of designation review
    July 23, 2014 08:30AM By Mark Maurer
    41-43 Bond Street

    41-43 Bond Street

    Nearly 30 buildings were spotlighted in the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation’s recent report on landlords demolishing buildings after Landmarks Preservation Commission officials tipped them off.

    The advance notice allows landlords to push through demolitions before the landmarks process begin. Between 2002 and 2013, these situations span the city. Most of the buildings were altered, either with a new façade or a rooftop or the removal or a cornice. About eight of the sites were razed, including a historic townhouse making way for a condominium building or a historic factory building being replaced by a parking lot. Click here for a slideshow and more.

  • Madison Realty shells out $40M for Turtle Bay apartments

    Firm making flurry of trades in mid-sized market
    July 23, 2014 08:00AM By Hiten Samtani

    From left: Aaron Jungreis, 361 East 50th Street and Josh Zegen

    Madison Realty Capital closed on a six-story residential building in Midtown East’s Turtle Bay neighborhood for $40.2 million, The Real Deal has learned. [more]

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  • Scores strip club owner sues Deutsche Bank

    Investor claims German lender improperly backed out of $17M loan
    July 22, 2014 06:00PM By Adam Pincus
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    610 West 46th Street (Photo credit: Google)

    A hardware magnate who is also an owner of the strip club Scores New York claims in a new lawsuit that commercial lender Deutsche Bank unfairly reneged on making a $17 million loan on several of his local commercial properties.

    Robert Gans, owner of Metropolitan Lumber & Hardware as well as Scores New York and Penthouse Executive Club, alleges in the lawsuit filed yesterday that the German-based lender — one of the most active commercial loan sources for Manhattan properties — declined to make the loan because Gans also owns the strip clubs. [more]

  • Residential conversion planned near Apollo Theater

    30-unit property to be located at Frederick Douglass Boulevard and West 125th Street
    July 22, 2014 05:45PM By Tom DiChristopher

    271 West 125th Street rendering

    Permits have been filed with the Department of Buildings to convert three floors of commercial office space at the corner of Frederick Douglass Boulevard and West 125th Street into 30 residential units. [more]

  • Rudin buys development rights from FiDi hotel

    Developer pays $7.7M to acquire almost 36K square feet near Sandy-damaged 110 Wall Street
    July 22, 2014 05:30PM By Rich Bockmann
    William Rudin and 110 Wall Street

    From left: William Rudin and 110 Wall Street

    Rudin Management, which was reportedly eyeing a residential conversion for its Superstorm Sandy-damaged office building at 110 Wall Street, purchased nearly 36,000 square feet of development rights from a neighboring FiDi hotel earlier this month.

    William Rudin’s firm paid $7.76 million – or about $217 per square foot – to acquire 35,815 square feet of development rights from the Eurostar Hotel at 129 Front Street, property records show. [more]

  • Bumper-to-bumper traffic may soon be the only way to get to East Hampton.

    Bumper-to-bumper traffic may soon be the only way to get to this spot in East Hampton.

    East Hampton’s troubled airport may soon close. New York has the country’s second-highest cost of living. Artists move deeper into Brooklyn and Queens. Read these stories and more after the jump.

  • Related to build nearly 50 condos at Tribeca development site

    Residential building is firm’s second deal to come from relationship with Ponte family
    July 22, 2014 04:50PM By Tom DiChristopher
    From left: Jeff Blau, 270 and 264 West Street

    From left: Jeff Blau, 270 and 264 West Street

    The Related Companies’ Tribeca project at the site of the former Ponte family restaurant will be a 152,000 square-foot condominium building with approximately 46 units at 268 West Street, a company spokesperson told The Real Deal. [more]

  • By the numbers: The retail space “workout”

    Fitness centers eat up increasing amount of storefront space in five boroughs
    July 22, 2014 04:30PM By Sasha von Oldershausen


    From the July issue: Fitness centers come standard in most new residential condos these days, but that isn’t slowing the spread of gyms and other fitness-related businesses throughout the five boroughs. Seven of the 20 largest retail leases in Manhattan last year went to fitness facilities like Equinox, Crunch and Planet Fitness, The Real Deal reported in January. [more]

  • SL Green’s 1 Vanderbilt gets mixed reviews at Landmarks meeting

    Some commissioners lauded design, others chided "hollow gesture" to Grand Central Terminal
    July 22, 2014 04:15PM
    1 Vanderbilt rendering (Kohn Pederson Fox)

    1 Vanderbilt rendering (Kohn Pederson Fox)

    Opinions on SL Green’s 1 Vanderbilt were mixed at a meeting on Tuesday of the Landmarks and Preservation Commission, which sought to weigh in on the design of the 65-story building’s base and its effect on Grand Central Terminal. [more]

  • Robert Durst urinated on CVS cash register: cops

    Estranged member of real estate family charged with criminal mischief
    July 22, 2014 03:50PM

    Robert Durst

    Robert Durst, an estranged member of the Durst real estate family, was arrested Sunday for allegedly exposing himself and urinating on a cash register at a CVS in Houston. The 71-year-old Texas millionaire was charged with criminal mischief. Police said he paid for his prescription prior to exposing himself.

    “There was no argument,” a spokesperson for the Houston Police Department told the New York Daily News. “He did not seem agitated, he did not argue with anyone. He just casually walked out of the business.” [more]

  • Top of the market is extremely crowded: Kushner, Naftali

    Developers discuss changing role of brokers at panel event
    July 22, 2014 03:25PM By Hiten Samtani
    From left: Jared Kushner, Miki Naftali and Leonard Steinberg

    From left: Jared Kushner, Miki Naftali and Leonard Steinberg

    Developers Miki Naftali and Jared Kushner, as well as top Downtown broker Leonard Steinberg, spoke today to a standing-room-only crowd at the Lower East Side’s New Museum during a panel discussion on the future of real estate. The discussion kicked off with a look at the state of Manhattan’s luxury market. [more]

  • Leroy Schecter gets $28M for Miami Beach manse

    New Jersey-based steel magnate unloads property at $17M below ask
    July 22, 2014 03:15PM By Eric Kalis
    12 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach

    12 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach

    From the South Florida site: Steel magnate Leroy Schecter got $28 million for his waterfront Miami Beach mansion, The Real Deal has learned. [more]