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  • Helen Keller nonprofit looks to sell large DoBro building

    Office property with 200K buildable square feet could fetch $80M
    October 07, 2015 04:50PM By Mark Maurer
    57 Willoughby Street

    57 Willoughby Street in Brooklyn Heights (inset: Helen Keller and Darcy Stacom)

    Helen Keller Services for the Blind is looking to sell a 96,000-square-foot Downtown Brooklyn office building that offers nearly 200,000 square feet, The Real Deal has learned. There is no official asking price, but sources said the property could fetch $80 million, or $400 per buildable square foot. [more]

  • West Chelsea gallery exhibits plans for new space

    Hauser & Wirth to get new digs at West 22nd Street
    October 07, 2015 04:30PM By Rich Bockmann
    Hauser & Wirth's gallery on 18th Street and the building at 542 West 22nd Street

    Hauser & Wirth’s gallery on 18th Street and the building at 542 West 22nd Street

    Modern art gallery Hauser & Wirth has a creative vision for a West Chelsea space with a bookstore, library and office space.  [more]

  • Truck crash brings down scaffolding at 325 West Broadway

    No one at DDG Partners' site was hurt
    October 07, 2015 03:55PM
    Joseph McMillan 325 West Broadway

    From left: DDG’s Joseph McMillan and a rendering of XOCO325 at 325 West Broadway in Soho

    A delivery truck snagged a pile of plywood at DDG Partners’ 325 West Broadway construction site in Soho, bringing down a scaffold. No one was injured.

    The crash, which occurred Tuesday at around 4:30 p.m., brought down the plywood, which fell into a “secured work zone,” according to Department of Buildings spokesperson Alex Schnell.

    DOB issued a violation for a “failure to maintain” a safe work environment. [more]

  • ING may be eyeing large space at Durst’s 1133 Sixth Avenue

    45-story Midtown office tower formerly housed IRS offices
    October 07, 2015 03:25PM
    1133 Sixth Avenue

    Douglas Durst (credit: Billy Farrell Agency) and 1133 Sixth Avenue in Midtown

    Dutch banking giant ING may be taking considerable space at the Durst Organization’s 1133 Sixth Avenue.

    CoStar shows about 230,000 square feet in pending deals at the 45-story, 1.1 million-square-foot Midtown office tower, which formerly housed Internal Revenue Service offices and will soon accommodate the National Basketball Players Association.

    ING is reportedly taking much, if not all, of the 230,000 square feet. The bank currently has around 150,000 square feet at Paramount Group’s 1325 Sixth Avenue. [more]

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  • The week in real estate market reports

    A weekly feature bringing you the industry’s latest intel
    October 07, 2015 02:55PM By Kyna Doles
    Market Reports

    (credit: Halstead Property Development Marketing and Douglas Elliman)

    The latest batch of reports found that average Financial District rents topped $4,000 for the first time, Williamsburg home sales soared 269 percent over the last decade and Manhattan’s average price per square foot was down in Q3. [more]

  • City to open homeless shelter at Verve Hotel in LIC

    The 87-key lodge will house 200 women
    October 07, 2015 02:25PM
    Verve Hotel

    The Verve Hotel at 40-03 29th Street in Long Island City

    The city’s homelessness crisis continues to force the city to shelter people in converted private facilities.

    City Hall will take over the Verve Hotel at 40-03 29th Street in Long Island City by next week, and use it to house 200 homeless women. The facility will also provide mental health treatment and offer help to residents in managing their money. [more]

  • Howard Hughes Corp. snags bookstore for Seaport

    McNally Jackson Books inked a lease for about 10,000 sf
    October 07, 2015 02:01PM
    South Street Seaport

    A rendering of the South Street Seaport redevelopment

    A Soho-based bookstore will soon join the South Street Seaport, and it might even be bringing a speakeasy. [more]

  • Debt market, sovereign wealth softening yet to impact Manhattan market: report

    Midtown office values trending 4 percent higher than last year
    October 07, 2015 01:15PM By Rey Mashayekhi

    Midtown Office Market

    A “slight softening” in segments of the debt market and withdrawals from sovereign wealth funds have yet to affect the Manhattan office market, real estate analysis firm Green Street Advisors said in its latest report Tuesday. [more]

  • Hudson plans BK library project’s affordable component

    Developer will build two nine-story buildings at 907 Atlantic Avenue and 1043 Fulton Street
    October 07, 2015 12:45PM By Ariel Stulberg
    David Kramer Brooklyn Library

    David Kramer (credit: Tobias Truvillion) and a rendering of 280 Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn Heights (credit: Marvel Architects)

    David Kramer’s the Hudson Cos. is taking the next step in redevelopment of the Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, filing permit applications for a pair of nine-story affordable residential buildings in Clinton Hill.

    The developer is planning to bring affordable housing to two locations: a 78-unit, 54,000-square foot building at 907 Atlantic Avenue and a 39-unit, 28,000-square-foot structure at 1043 Fulton Street. At 907 Atlantic Avenue, Hudson combined three adjacent sites, including 915 and 917 Atlantic Avenue into a single lot, according to zoning records. City records don’t yet show a closed sale on the property. [more]

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  • United Nations Apartment Hotel to be redeveloped

    Joseph Stavrach's violation-prone Midtown lodge to become 3-story resi building
    October 07, 2015 12:00PM
    Eran Chan United Nations Apartment Hotel

    From left: ODA’s Eran Chan and the United Nations Apartment Hotel at 302 East 45th Street in Midtown

    After years of complaints and Department of Buildings violations, Joseph Stavrach, head of Triangle Assets, has decided to tear down and replace Midtown’s seedy United Nations Apartment Hotel.

    The developer filed plans with the city to replace the four-story, 22,000-square-foot hotel, at 302 East 45th Street, with a three-story residential building with ground floor retail.

    ODA is listed on the architect of record. [more]

  • Oak Tree snags four Brooklyn rental buildings for $60M

    New Start Development's properties house 149 rent-stabilized units
    October 07, 2015 11:30AM By Rey Mashayekhi
    471 Vanderbilt Avenue BK

    From left: 471 Vanderbilt Avenue in Clinton Hill and 802 Bergen Street in Crown Heights

    Oak Tree Management acquired a package of four rent-regulated multifamily buildings across three Brooklyn neighborhoods for a combined $60.2 million, according to property records filed with the city Wednesday. [more]

  • Citi Habitats buys

    Mega brokerage gains big presence in Brooklyn with deal
    October 07, 2015 11:06AM By E.B. Solomont
    From left: Gary Malin, David Maundrell and Pamela Liebman

    From left: Gary Malin, David Maundrell and Pamela Liebman

    Citi Habitats, one of the largest residential brokerages in the city, has acquired Brooklyn-based firm

    The deal, announced Wednesday, will give the rental giant a long-sought foothold in Brooklyn, where has developed a deep roster of clients — and acted as a cheerleader for the borough — since 2002. founder David Maundrell will assume the new role of executive vice president and will lead new development deals in Brooklyn and Queens. [more]

  • Abyssinian failed to compensate nonprofit in Pathmark sale

    Church-affiliated developer sold the 125th street site in Harlem to Extell last year for $39M
    October 07, 2015 10:37AM
    Calvin Butts Pathmark

    From left: Rev. Calvin Butts and the Pathmark supermarket at 142-96 East 125th Street in Harlem

    Signs of trouble at Harlem’s largest affordable housing manager, Abyssinian Development, continue to pile up.

    The developer, the real estate arm of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, failed to pay out $2 million to the nonprofit East Harlem Triangle after organizing the sale of a Pathmark supermarket they co-owned at 142-96 East 125th Street to Extell Development for $39 million last year. [more]

  • Predicting the NYC property market’s peak

    Drilling down on the metrics economists are watching to determine the market has topped out
    October 07, 2015 10:00AM By E.B. Solomont

    Market-PeakFrom the October issue: Hindsight is a precious thing, but foresight may be easier on the bottom line.

    In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, it was easy to spot the red flags that were screaming of an impending market collapse. But are those warning signs visible before every downturn?

    This month, The Real Deal examined key metrics across the New York City real estate industry to ascertain whether the market may be at its peak — or if it’s approaching that point. [more]

  • Director Jason Reitman sells Chelsea pad for $3M

    Oscar-nominated filmmaker bought the unit for $2.2 million in 2011
    October 07, 2015 09:36AM
    Jason Reitman

    From left: Jason Reitman and 434 West 20th Street

    West Chelsea has lost another artist. [more]

  • Heirs to the Schron: Cammeby’s eyes development push as sons take more control

    Now in his late 70s, Ruby is a legend in the business. Will Avi and Eli maintain his legacy?
    October 07, 2015 09:00AM By Mark Maurer

    From left: Rubin, Eli and Avi Schron (credit: Agudath Israel)

    In January, Avi Schron did something his father Ruby never had.

    On behalf of Cammeby’s International, he filed plans to build a new 41-story tower in South Brooklyn, the first major solo ground-up development by the family firm in its nearly 50-year history.

    When New York real estate folk talk about “old-school investors,” they’re often picturing Rubin Schron. Starting Cammeby’s in 1967 with a handful of Bronx properties, he parlayed those modest holdings into an enviable portfolio that includes the Woolworth Building, Industry City and over 15,000 apartments. While many of his peers moved into development, Schron, who Bloomberg estimates is worth about $1.6 billion, stuck to what he knew: measured investment plays, long-term multifamily holds and shrewd partnerships on office and industrial properties.

    Though he remains a force even at the age of 78, his sons Avi and Eli are beginning to shape the future of Cammeby’s, pushing the company into ground-up projects and more audacious acquisitions.

    “When a family makes a big shift in perspective and appetite, it’s generally based on what the next generation wants to do,” an industry source who has worked with the Schrons said. [more]

  • No escape from high rents in NYC: StreetEasy

    Median rents in Brooklyn and Queens closing in on Manhattan
    October 07, 2015 08:36AM
    Manhattan from Brooklyn

    A view of Downtown Manhattan from Brooklyn (credit SmartSign/Flickr)

    Manhattanites have to travel further than ever to find a rental deal.

    Median rents in Brooklyn and Queens are steadily closing in on those in Manhattan, especially in neighborhoods just across the East River, according to data from StreetEasy.

    Dumbo is the the fourth most expensive neighborhood in the city, with a median rent of $4,079 a month, higher than that in Soho, Chelsea and the West Village. [more]

  • The NYC developments with the most units under contract

    Almost $12 billion of luxury condo deals have yet to close
    October 07, 2015 08:00AM By Konrad Putzier

    From left: Greenwich Lane in the West Village, 56 Leonard Street in Tribeca, 432 Park Avenue in Midtown (Credit: DBOX)

    With dozens of luxury condo towers under construction, New York’s skyline is in flux. And so are developers’ finances. [more]

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