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  • Westfield chief Frank Lowy sells Trump Int’l pad

    Apartment once owned by “Sex and the City” creator sold for $14.2M
    November 30, 2015 07:02PM By Katherine Clarke
    Frank Lowy and his former apartment at Trump International

    Frank Lowy and his former apartment at Trump International

    Frank Lowy, chairman of Australian retail giant the Westfield Corporation, has sold his apartment at Trump International for $14.2 million. [more]

  • Robert Durst faces $100M lawsuit over first wife’s disappearance

    McCormack family members claim real estate heir murdered her
    November 30, 2015 06:02PM
    Robert Durst Kathleen McCormack

    From left: Kathleen McCormack Durst and Robert Durst

    The mother and three sisters of Robert Durst’s first wife, Kathleen McCormack, are suing the real estate heir for $100 million over her disappearance more than 30 years ago.

    In the suit filed Monday in New York State Supreme Court in Mineola, the plaintiffs claim that Robert Durst murdered Kathleen and hid the body, violating “sepulcher,” a New York law that states family members have an immediate right to bury a dead relative. If successful, the suit could wipe out Robert Durst’s wealth, which has so far withstood decades of trials and murder allegations. Authorities have estimated Durst’s net worth is about $100 million.  [more]

  • Leslie J. Garfield may merge with London-based firm

    Brokerage has focused on NYC townhouses since 1972
    November 30, 2015 05:45PM
    From left: Jed Garfield and

    From left: Jed Garfield and Gary Hersham

    After more than 40 years in business, Leslie J. Garfield & Co. may join forces with a London-based firm.

    The residential brokerage announced on Monday that it has inked an agreement with Beauchamp Estates ahead of a possible merger between the two firms, Crain’s reported. The two firms, which both specialize in townhouses, have agreed to share customers and leads on properties, and to combine their marketing and public relations efforts. The next step would be a complete merger.


  • What’s trending on LLNYC: Hermès ties, loud gyms … & more

    The most buzzworthy posts on TRD's sister publication
    November 30, 2015 05:35PM

    Tracy Anderson gym

    1) Hermès launched a tie-of-the-month club to help you pay back your dad for that college degree.

    2) Celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson is being sued for making too much noise in her Tribeca building.

    3) Scratch one thing off of your bucket list. A travel company is offering a trip around the world for $75,000.

  • Inside TheRealDeal
  • David Lapierre and Mark Owens

    From left: David Lapierre and Mark Owens

    From the November issue: CBRE promoted 22-year retail real estate veteran David LaPierre to vice chairman. LaPierre has been a member of the firm’s global retail services team since joining in 1994. His client list includes Burberry, H&M, Bank of America and Disney. He also worked with Mario Batali to create the flagship Eataly at 200 Fifth Avenue.

    Mark Owens joined CBRE Capital Markets as an executive vice president. He’ll be responsible for securing debt and structured finance products and institutional asset sales for CBRE’s global hotel clients with assets in North America. He was previously at Ackman-Ziff, where he led the firm’s hospitality practice, arranging more than $1 billion in annual debt and equity transactions. [more]

  • Sheldon Silver found guilty on all counts in corruption trial

    Former State Assembly speaker's trial shone light on real estate dealings in Albany
    November 30, 2015 04:55PM
    Sheldon Silver

    Sheldon Silver

    Sheldon Silver, the former speaker of the New York State Assembly and one of the state’s most powerful politicians, was convicted Monday in a federal corruption trial that shone a light on the real estate lobby’s dealings in Albany.

    Silver, 71, was convicted on all seven counts of honest services fraud, extortion and money laundering that he faced over five weeks of trial in Federal District Court in Lower Manhattan. [more]

  • Extell planning new 29-story Midtown resi building

    54-unit development will include 38K sf of retail on first six floors
    November 30, 2015 04:25PM
    842-846 Seventh Avenue

    842-846 Seventh Avenue in Midtown (inset: Gary Barnett)

    Gary Barnett’s Extell Development filed plans for its latest Midtown residential project last week – a 29-story, 112,300-square-foot mixed-used property at Seventh Avenue and West 54th Street. [more]

  • Here’s what the $10M-$20M NYC investment sales market looked like last week

    Neil Bender buys a West Village townhouse for $13M; Silvershore picks up a Ridgewood building for $10.6M
    November 30, 2015 03:55PM By Kyna Doles
    Jason Silverstein, 1708 Summerfield Street and 164 Perry Street

    Silvershore’s Jason Silverstein, 1708 Summerfield Street and 164 Perry Street

    From a $13 million sale in the West Village to a $14.6 million sale in Chelsea here is a recap of last week’s activity in the New York City’s investment sales market for properties between $10 million and $20 million.

  • Robert A.M. Stern-designed condos could come to Sag Harbor

    Greystone and Michael Maidan looking to build 11-unit project
    November 30, 2015 03:25PM By Konrad Putzier
    Rendering of One Ferry Road (credit: Robert A.M. Stern Architects)

    Rendering of One Ferry Road (credit: Robert A.M. Stern Architects)

    Greystone Property Development is looking to bring Robert A.M. Stern-designed condos to Sag Harbor, in what would be its first Hamptons Project. [more]

  • The week in luxury: A map of NYC’s priciest apartment sales

    An interactive look at where the biggest deals were struck, plus total overall sales and average prices for the week (click on numbers to see data)
    November 30, 2015 03:10PM

    NYC Apartment Sales

    Each week, The Real Deal and CityRealty look back at Manhattan’s priciest apartment sales. Click here to see this week’s version.

  • Silicon Valley would like to finance your home

    Tech startups are breaking into the residential mortgage industry
    November 30, 2015 02:41PM
    Cagney Herbert

    From left: Social Finance’s CEO Mike Cagney and Lending Home’s co-founders Matt Humphrey and James Herbert

    Non-bank lenders are shaking up the residential mortgage market by offering interest-only loans to borrowers who struggle to get a bank loan, and then sell those loans off to investors. Sound familiar? Well, Silicon Valley would like to have you know that this time it will all be different.

    A new cohort of tech startups has started offering residential mortgages, looking to break into turf currently held by major banks and home lenders like Quicken Loans. These firms are using online technology to approve loans in a matter of minutes, which they claim drives down transaction costs and allows them to offer lower rates than traditional lenders. [more]

  • Marolda sells three-building LES package

    Caspi and Black Bear pay 16 times the rent roll
    November 30, 2015 02:00PM By Mark Maurer
    Marolda Forsyth

    72, 74 and 104 Forsyth Street on the Lower East Side

    UPDATED, 2:52 p.m., Nov. 30: Caspi Development and Black Bear Asset Management bought a three-building package on the Lower East Side from Marolda Properties for $24.4 million.

    Marolda, a Chinatown-based landlord run by Lawrence Marolda, more than doubled its money with the purchase, having paid $9.8 million in 2012 to a family that had owned the properties for more than three decades.  [more]

  • Florida Keys getting 1,600 new hotel rooms

    Growth comes despite significant regulations
    November 30, 2015 01:30PM By Robert Silk
    The Gates is one of a trio of hotels that will welcome travelers to the island chain’s southernmost link.

    The Gates in the Florida Keys

    From the South Florida Market Report: High room rates expected to continue for the forseeable future are fueling a hotel redevelopment boom in the Florida Keys.

    “The dynamic for investment at this point is very, very good,” said hotelier Jim Rhyne, who is in the process of renovating and expanding his Coconut Cay Resort & Marina in Marathon.

    According to projections, by the end of next year, more than a dozen Keys resorts will have either relaunched after a major renovation or opened for the first time since the start of 2014. These properties will account for about 1,600 rooms. [more]

  • What’s hot on TRD Social right now

    The most buzzworthy posts on The Real Deal's Facebook page
    November 30, 2015 01:15PM

    1. “25th worst” NYC landlord says Public Advocate Tish James didn’t do her research
    2. Toll Brothers sell two starchitect-designed penthouses
    3. “Passive” Cornell Tech campus to aggressively cut energy costs

    Like The Real Deal on Facebook for breaking industry stories, links to quirkier pieces and lively conversation about important properties in New York and around the world. [TRD‘s Facebook Page]

  • Actress Amy Irving buys 75 CPW pad for $9M

    Seller of three-bedroom co-op with park views is journalist Fiona Kirk
    November 30, 2015 12:45PM

    From Luxury Listings NYC: It looks like she’s finally managed to cross Delancey.

    Amy Irving, the star of that 1988 film, “Crossing Delancey,” and ex-wife of Steven Spielberg, bought an apartment at 75 Central Park West for nearly $9 million, according to city documents. The seller was Fiona Kirk, a journalist who has covered health and wellness for magazines like O and Women’s Health, and her husband John Kirk. [more]

  • Capstone exec buys Lenox Hill co-op for $12M

    Pad is no Playboy Club, but it overlooks Central Park
    November 30, 2015 12:27PM By Kathryn Brenzel
    Lenox co-op copy

    33 East 70th Street in Lenox Hill (inset: Daniel Ghadamian, credit: New York Social Diary)

    It may not be a former Playboy Club, but a Lenox Hill co-op managed to capture the attention of Capstone Equities principal Daniel Ghadamian. [more]

  • AvalonBay files plans for 33-story Lincoln Square tower

    SOM-designed, 160-unit building will hold rentals, condos
    November 30, 2015 11:38AM By Rey Mashayekhi
    1865 Broadway

    Timothy Naughton and 1865 Broadway in Lincoln Square

    AvalonBay Communities filed plans Monday for its new 33-story, mixed-use residential tower at the site of the former American Bible Society headquarters in Lincoln Square.

    The building will hold 160 apartments – both rental and condominium units – across more than 236,000 square feet. There will also be 34,000 square feet of retail space on the project’s lower levels, according to a permit application filed with the city’s Department of Buildings. [more]

  • Chinese buyers moving beyond “gateway” cities

    This year, they accounted for 1 in 14 homes over $1 million sold in the U.S.
    November 30, 2015 11:30AM

    A rendering of one of the floor plans for the Long Lake development in Texas (credit: Scott Hogg)

    Chinese investors have made big waves in the New York property market for a while now, but now their influence in the U.S. is being felt beyond gateway cities.

    Long Lake, a new development 108-acre development 35 miles northwest of Dallas, in the town of Corinth, is emblematic of the new trend. Beijing-based Zhang Long’s Lelege USA is building 99 mini-mansions at the former Canyon Lake Ranch targeted to Chinese buyers. [more]

  • Council bill could end property taxes for low-income co-ops

    Measure aims to address issue of co-ops selling for increasingly high prices
    November 30, 2015 11:00AM
    Melissa Mark-Viverito Vicki Been

    From left: Melissa Mark-Viverito and Vicki Been

    In an effort to preserve a valuable affordable housing resource, the City Council is proposing to end property taxes for the nearly 1,300 limited-income co-ops in New York City in exchange for tighter regulations at those buildings.

    The proposal aims to address not only the matter of distressed buildings that are not paying their property taxes and water bills but also co-ops that are increasingly selling for high prices – more than $1 million in some cases. [more]

  • 112 contracts signed in November at $4M-plus: Olshan

    Just 10 contracts signed during last week's Thanksgiving slump
    November 30, 2015 10:30AM

    Clockwise from top left: 21 East 83rd Street, 530 Park Avenue, 215 Chrystie Street and 30 East 72nd Street

    Despite just 10 contracts signed on properties $4 million and up last week (Turkey hangover, anyone?), the luxury market had its best November since 2006, according to Olshan Realty’s weekly market report. [more]