The Real Deal New York

Citi Habitats shuts Greenwich Village office

January 05, 2012 05:30PM
By Katherine Clarke

Citi Habitats President Gary Malin and the Greenwich Village office

Residential rental brokerage Citi Habitats has reportedly shut its Greenwich Village office, following the expiration of its lease at 214 Sullivan Street, between Bleecker and West 3rd streets, sources told The Real Deal. Agents working out of the office have been moved to other surrounding offices, a person who answered the phone at the company’s headquarters said, though representatives for the firm did not respond to requests for comment.

“That [office is] no longer open. They have eliminated that office,” the operator said.

It was not immediately clear whether a replacement office would open, though a former employee suggested that it may have closed in the wake of the departure of Larry Goldblatt, the longtime Citi Habitats stalwart and senior managing director who had previously run the office. Goldblatt left the brokerage for a position as a leasing manager at Town Residential in December.

When contacted by The Real Deal however, Goldblatt said he had looked for a new position as the expiration of the lease approached.

“The lease was coming up so I was concerned that was going to happen to the office,” he said. “I looked around for other things and this is a much better opportunity for me.”

The decision, he said, most likely did not reflect the performance of the office; “that office was always a top office,” he said, directing all further questions regarding why the branch closed to Citi Habitats.

The brokerage’s landlord at 214 Sullivan Street, Miltan Management, was not immediately available for comment.

The Greenwich Village office, from which 25 to 30 agents reportedly worked,  is one of many Citi Habitats branches in the area, including in the West Village, Chelsea and Gramercy.

 

  • Scrooged

    Of course they shut down that office after Goldblatt left for Town. There is no question about that. Heiberger is taking the best of what CitiH and Corcoran have to offer.

    • Bugar

      Larry Golblatt was the worse. You should contact the former Citi Habitats Sullivan Street agents and see what they have to say. I haven’t heard anything positive about him in the past few years.

      • JC

        I’ve worked with Larry for more than a decade and he is an excellent manager.

  • Neil Smith

    I have followed New York City Real Estate for years. It seems Citi Habitats is by far the most reputable Real Estate Company in Manhattan. I have had dealings with many managers and brokers that have left Citi Habitats that went to other firms including the above mentioned Town. It seems all unethical brokers have left to go to Town making Citi Habitats an even a better company now.

  • Sugar Foot

    Malin and Gordo must be spinning, steaming and spinning. Only chess piece left is the Queen, Nancy Sager.

  • Big Sausage

    This great news for other brokerages in the area.
    Now CH will have almost no influence on the NYU market.

  • Raging Realtor

    Is Gary still placing ads and getting calls on those ads and handing them off to agents for 20% corp referral in his pocket? Funny guy. Hire Fire Inspire

  • Charlotte

    Larry Goldblatt is the Pop of Greenwich village – wherever he goes is where the WV business will thrive. Citi-Habitats has no option but to close down that office.
    LOVE YOU LARRY YOU ROCK – your friend – Charlotte Friedman

  • Charlotte

    Gary used to be a living doll – I have no idea what happend to him.

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