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Here’s a look at NYC’s biggest condo developers

These 20 builders plan to bring nearly 7,000 units to Manhattan: TRD Research

September 24, 2015 11:00AM
By Rey Mashayekhi

NYC Condo Developers

From left: Gary Barnett, Ziel Feldman, Ben Shaoul, Jeff Blau and Aby Rosen

In the 1990s, Gary Barnett, Ziel Feldman and Kevin Maloney were principals at Property Markets Group as the firm became a major player on the New York real estate scene.

Barnett struck out on his own in 1995, while Feldman followed suit a decade later. And the companies they started, Extell Development and HFZ Capital Group, are now Manhattan’s two most active condominium developers, according to a new analysis by The Real Deal.

Since September 2012, Extell has looked to bring nearly 1,100 new condo units to the market, led by its massive 815-apartment project at 250 South Street, according to data from condo plans filed with the New York State Attorney General’s office.

And though HFZ trails Extell by about 200 units, it’s the city’s most prolific developer in terms of number of projects, with eight separate developments planned. The largest among them is the 262-unit building at 301 West 53rd Street.

The five most active developers – Extell, HFZ Capital, Ben Shaoul’s Magnum Real Estate Group, Related Companies and Joel Wiener’s Pinnacle Group, in that order – are responsible for 3,368 units, or just over half of the 6,643 total units filed over the three-year period by the top 20 (see chart below). In total, 236 condo filings in the period sought to bring a combined 11,712 apartments to market.

Many of these projects were developed by two or more firms; for the purpose of this analysis, TRD identified one firm as the primary developer from the AG filings. The number of units in certain buildings were also subject to change after initial AG filings.

Top Manhattan condo developers
Plans filed between Sept. 1, 2012 and Aug. 31, 2015
RankLead sponsorNo. of unitsNo. of projectsLargest projectNo. of unitsDate filed
1Extell Development10973One Manhattan Square, 250 South Street8156/15/2015
2HFZ Capital Group8998Fifty Third And Eighth, 301 West 53rd Street26212/13/2013
3Magnum Real Estate Group5996389 East 89th Street 19912/10/2014
4Related Companies4133Carnegie Park, 200 East 94th Street3254/30/2014
5Pinnacle Group3605John James Condominium, 775 Riverside Drive13312/30/2013
6Centurion Real Estate Partners3261 River And Warren, 22 River Terrace32612/30/2013
7RFR Holding3052300 East 64th Street2062/14/2013
8Elad Group3043One West End Avenue, 1 West End Avenue2469/5/2014
9Toll Brothers2454400 Park Avenue South9911/27/2013
10Naftali Group2296275 West 10th Street618/11/2014
11Starrett2291The Axion, 175 West 95th Street2298/15/2013
12Clipper Equity2231215 East 19th Street22312/17/2014
13Chetrit Group2052135 West 52nd Street1098/21/2013
14Rudin Management2001Greenwich Lane, 140 West 12th Street2004/29/2013
15Time Equities191150 West Street19111/27/2013
16Bizzi & Partners Development1812565 Broome Street1156/18/2015
17Hines169153W53, 53 West 53rd Street1698/13/2014
18Silverstein Properties157130 Park Place15711/8/2013
19O'Connor Capital Partners1561200 East 62nd Street1564/21/2014
20Fisher Brothers1551111 Murray Street15511/21/2014
Source: The Real Deal analysis of condominium plans filed with the office of the New York State Attorney General

Related Companies placed fourth with 413 units across three separate projects – the largest being the 325-unit Carnegie Park rental-to-condo conversion at 200 East 94th Street. Pinnacle Group ranked fifth with 360 units at five different developments, including the 133-unit John James condo building at 775 Riverside Drive in Washington Heights.

Centurion Real Estate Partners’ single project – the 326-unit River & Warren condo conversion at 22 River Terrace in Battery Park City – was enough to see it place sixth, while Aby Rosen’s RFR Holding was seventh with 305 apartments across two projects in the three-year span.

Elad Group, Toll Brothers and Naftali Group rounded out the top 10, with Miki Naftali’s eponymous firm notably filing for six different developments. Starrett Corp. tied for 10th with its solo filing, a 229-unit project at 175 West 95th Street.

Also appearing on the list: David Bistricer’s Clipper Equity (223 units), Joseph Chetrit’s Chetrit Group (205 units), Rudin Management (200 units), Time Equities (191 units) and Bizzi & Partners Development (181 units).

Houston-based Hines’ long-delayed MoMA Tower at 53 West 53rd Street placed the firm 17th among the group with 169 condos, ahead of Silverstein Properties (157 units) and O’Connor Capital Partners (156 units).

Fisher Brothers rounds out the list with its 155-unit condo tower at 111 Murray Street in Tribeca, developed in partnership with Witkoff and Howard Lorber’s New Valley.