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  • Tighe, Gilmartin talk success in “shark tank,” “testosterone”-dominated NYC CRE

    The powerful pair spoke at a convention for women in CRE
    October 20, 2016 05:02PM By Kathryn Brenzel
    Maryanne Gilmartin, Mary Anne Tighe and Ric Campo, of Camden Property Trust, who was also a panelist

    MaryAnne Gilmartin, Mary Ann Tighe and Ric Campo, of Camden Property Trust, who was also a panelist

    Tucked away in an album at Mary Ann Tighe’s Southampton house is a 19-year-old paper napkin.

    The napkin is from a lunch she had with her former boss in January 1997, when she asked what it would take to become vice chair of her then-company, Insignia ESG. According to Tighe, her boss took out a pen and drew on a napkin to demonstrate to her — in a fashion resembling how a football coach draws out the next play — the hierarchy of the company. [more]

  • Jason Halpern’s JMH plans 289-key LIC hotel

    Five-story property on Steinway Street would hold 18K sf commercial component
    October 20, 2016 04:37PM By Chava Gourarie
    36-20 Steinway (inset: Jason Halpern)

    36-20 Steinway (inset: Jason Halpern)

    Jason Halpern’s JMH Development filed plans for a 289-key hotel in Long Island City, according to a permit application filed with the city’s Department of Buildings on Thursday. [more]

  • City plans to extend the South Village Historic District

    Landmarks hearing slated for next month
    October 20, 2016 04:08PM
    rendering of st. john’s terminal

    Rendering of St. John’s Terminal

    The Landmarks Preservation Commission intends to introduce next month a new extension for the South Village Historic District, appeasing preservationists and possibly paving the way for a planned mixed-use complex nearby at 550 Washington Street. [more]

  • Architecture review: The Shed’s faux-humble facade fails to elevate culture

    Blue collar affectation in a billionaire’s realm
    October 20, 2016 03:31PM By James Gardner
    A rendering of the Shed

    A rendering of the Shed

    From the October issue: Our cultural centers, which began as palaces, have been reduced to sheds. Specifically, the Shed, an artistic zone now rising in Hudson Yards, near the northern edge of the High Line park at West 30th Street.

    An entire cultural and political revolution is implicit in that shift — in aspiration if not in reality.

    Consider palaces of a century past like the Paris Opera House, designed by Charles Garnier, or the Metropolitan Museum, which was largely the work of Richard Morris Hunt and McKim, Mead & White. In both cases, an essentially middle-class, newly bourgeois society created, for its own use, a structure that took on the airs of ancient aristocracy. The Shed in Hudson Yards, by contrast, though conceptualized during the administration of a billionaire mayor, has proudly adopted a proletarian bearing. [more]

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  • The late Carroll O’Connor’s Dakota pad sells for $2.8M

    Actor played Archie Bunker in the iconic show "All in the Family"
    October 20, 2016 02:53PM By Liz Lucking
    Carrol O’Connor (credit: CBS Television via Wikimedia) and 1 West 72nd Street #28AB (credit: Corcoran)

    Carroll O’Connor (credit: CBS Television via Wikimedia) and 1 West 72nd Street #28AB (credit: The Corcoran Group)

    From Luxury Listings NYC: The Dakota home of the late actor and producer Carroll O’Connor, who starred as Archie Bunker in the 70s television show “All In The Family,” just sold for $2.8 million city records show.

    The apartment, at the landmark co-op building where John Lennon was shot in 1980, is on the second floor and comes with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. [more]

  • Pebblebrook, Denihan split portfolio of 6 Manhattan hotels

    Deal values the properties at a combined $820M
    October 20, 2016 02:19PM

    Jon Bortz and Brooke Barret

    Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and Denihan Hospitality Group have split up their portfolio of six Manhattan hotels in an agreement that values the properties at a combined $820 million.

    Pebblebrook, the Bethesda, MD-based real estate investment trust, walked away with the 618-room Manhattan NYC hotel near Madison Square Garden and the 252-key Dumont NYC in Kips Bay, according to a press release issued Thursday. [more]

  • Sam Chang files plans for yet another Garment District hotel

    The 24-story project at 523-529 Eighth Avenue calls for 252 rooms
    October 20, 2016 01:54PM By Miriam Hall
    523-529 8th Avenue and Sam Chang

    523-529 8th Avenue and Sam Chang

    Hotel developer Sam Chang is expanding his reach in the Garment District — this time with plans for a hotel on the corner of 39th Street and Eighth Avenue. [more]

  • Barone Management files plans for 40-story Chelsea hotel

    Gene Kaufman to serve as architect for 528-key property on West 28th St.
    October 20, 2016 01:16PM By Konrad Putzier
    Gene Kaufman and 144 West 28th Street

    Gene Kaufman and 144 West 28th Street

    A new, 40-story hotel is coming to Chelsea. And naturally, Gene Kauffman is the architect.

    Barone Management filed plans Thursday for a 528-room hotel at 144 West 28th Street, according to a permit application. The 146,000-square-foot building will include a restaurant and bar on the ground floor and exercise and meeting rooms in the basement. [more]

  • From the October issue’s “In their words” feature, a roundup of the funniest and most insightful comments on real estate:

    Stephen Ross funny qt

    To read the other wisdom nuggets, click here.

  • Airbnb, REBNY spending big on opposing candidates in NY State Senate races

    PACs are arming opposing Hudson Valley-area candidates
    October 20, 2016 12:12PM
    Sue Serino and Terry Gipson

    Sue Serino and Terry Gipson

    Of the $5.42 million spent on the New York State Senate races by independent groups thus far, close to $800,000 has come from real estate-connected political action committees.

    The Real Estate Board of New York’s Jobs for New York PAC has shelled out $571,705 aiding Republicans. The PAC Stronger Neighborhoods, which has received $11 million from short-term rental company Airbnb, spent a total of $215,645, all of which went to Democrat Terry Gipson of the Hudson Valley-area Senate District 41, Politico reported. [more]

  • TRDForum

    Our third annual South Florida Real Estate Showcase and Forum is starting now! We’ll be posting live updates on our social sites throughout the day.

    Can’t make it to the event? We’ll be live streaming our panels on Facebook all day long. Click here to watch.

    You can also follow along or add your two cents to the conversation by using #TRDForum on Twitter and Instagram. We’ll be providing coverage throughout the day, so keep an eye on @trdmiami on Twitter and @trdsofla on Instagram, as well as The Real Deal South Florida‘s Facebook page.

    Enjoy the show!

  • Brexit was “black eye” for NYC real estate: Barbara Corcoran

    Corcoran says English buyers have left the market, but Chinese are ramping up investment
    October 20, 2016 11:00AM
    Barbara Corcoran

    Barbara Corcoran

    British investors may have disappeared from the New York City real estate market, but Chinese buyers are stepping in to fill the gap, according to real estate heavyweight Barbara Corcoran.

    Corcoran said there is huge interest from Chinese buyers across the United States.

    “We’ve totally lost all of our buyers from England,” Corcoran told Bloomberg Radio. “We don’t see any more buyers at all. It was a real black eye for us in the New York City market.” [more]

  • Savanna nears deal to buy Falchi Building for $255M

    Jamestown set to enter contract to sell 658K sf LIC property by week's end: sources
    October 20, 2016 10:45AM By Mark Maurer
    From left: Chris Schlan, the Falchi Building and Michael Phillips

    From left: Savanna’s Chris Schlank, the Falchi Building in Long Island City and Jamestown Properties’ Michael Phillips

    Savanna is finalizing a deal to purchase the historic, 658,000-square-foot Falchi Building in Long Island City from Jamestown Properties for north of $255 million, or nearly $400 per square foot, sources told The Real Deal. [more]

  • Zero hardship applications filed during first year of rent freeze

    RSA says number of applications is a poor indication of owner’s struggles
    October 20, 2016 10:02AM
    Bill de Blasio and Jack Freund

    Bill de Blasio and Jack Freund

    During the first year of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s rent freeze in 2015, zero landlords sent in hardship applications showing they were struggling financially.

    In 2011, the busiest year for hardship increase filings in the last five years, only four landlords applied, Gothamist reported.

    Jack Freund, vice president of the Rent Stabilization Association, said the hardship applications are a poor barometer of rent-stabilized landlords’ struggles. [more]

  • Queens politicians rally against rezoning in Corona

    Local officials are urging the city to reduce the buildable square footage in parts of the neighborhood
    October 20, 2016 09:43AM
    Corona, Queens and  Francisco Moya

    Corona, Queens and Francisco Moya

    State and federal politicians are urging the city to reduce the density of new buildings in South Corona — saying the area is already strained by the current population.

    Assembly member Francisco Moya, Rep. Joseph Crowley and State Senator Jose Peralta met this week and told the city that schools and infrastructure in South Corona are overcapacity, DNAinfo reported. The politicians believe that reducing the allowable density of new buildings is the answer. [more]

  • Law firm, broadcaster take more than 110K sf at SL Green’s Tower 46

    Nixon Peabody and Comcast Cable lease 5 floors in 47th Street building
    October 20, 2016 09:04AM
    Marc Hollday International Gem Tower

    From left: Marc Hollday and Tower 46

    Midtown law firm Nixon Peabody LLP and broadcaster Comcast Cable Communications inked leases totaling more than 110,000 square feet at SL Green Realty’s Tower 46.

    Nixon Peabody, located at the William Kaufman Organization’s 437 Madison Avenue, signed a 15-year lease covering 66,297 square feet on floors 23-25, SL Green announced Thursday.

    Meanwhile, Comcast signed a 10-year lease covering 45,045 square feet on the top two floors. [more]

  • Most EB-5 funds go to gerrymandered districts: fed gov’t study

    90% of program money goes to district made up of 2 census tracts, and in some cases more than 100
    October 20, 2016 08:40AM

    eb5-red-flags-1The overwhelming majority of EB-5 funding goes into gerrymandered districts where affluent neighborhoods are combined with high-unemployment areas that qualify for the program, a new study shows.

    The study, released Wednesday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, is the first attempt by the federal government to quantify claims of abuse critics have lobbed at the visas-for-dollars program, which is set to expire in December as lawmakers debate its future. [more]

  • It’s game time! MLB set to finalize Sixth Ave deal

    League ready to ink 400K sf lease at Rockefeller Group’s 1271 AoA
    October 20, 2016 08:00AM
    Rockefeller Development Group CEO Atsushi Nakajima and 1221 Sixth Avenue

    Rockefeller Development Group CEO Atsushi Nakajima and 1221 Sixth Avenue

    Major League Baseball is set to ink its 400,000-square-foot lease at 1271 Sixth Avenue by Thursday morning, with a move-in date expected for 2019.

    The sports league is ready to sign off on its long-buzzed-about deal to consolidate offices on Park Avenue and in Chelsea at Rockefeller Group’s 2.1 million-square-foot office tower, the New York Post reported. [more]

  • How Qatar went from quiet investor to major NYC dealmaker

    Why the massive Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund has shifted gears
    October 20, 2016 07:30AM By Katherine Clarke
    From left: Brookfield’s Manhattan West project, The Empire State Building, the crown jewel in the ESRT portfolio and London’s famed Harrods department store

    From left: Brookfield’s Manhattan West project, The Empire State Building, the crown jewel in the ESRT portfolio and London’s famed Harrods department store

    From the October issue: Speaking at a conference hosted by Euromoney Magazine in Qatar in 2014, Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Thani called for a moment of silence.

    “Silence at times may be golden,” he told the business executives at the event, which took place the month before he was named chief of Qatar’s notoriously secretive sovereign wealth fund. “But I assure you, ladies and gentlemen, that the noise we are making here in Qatar is already being heard around the world.” [more]

  • Many of NYC’s biggest RE owners are not the typical landlords

    The city of New York controls 184M sf, while QIA owns 11M sf
    October 20, 2016 07:00AM
    Maria Torres-Springer and Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani

    Maria Torres-Springer and Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani

    Many of New York City’s property giants don’t actually specialize in real estate. They are governments, institutions and sovereign funds.

    The city of New York — which has 917 properties across 184 million square feet — has the largest real estate footprint, according a new ranking of non-landlord landlords by the Commercial Observer, citing CoStar data. That square footage is about five times the amount of space owned by Brookfield Asset Management, the city’s largest traditional landlord. [more]