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  • Gary Barnett and a rendering of One57

    Gary Barnett and a rendering of One57

    After a lull in sales, activity at One57 has picked up in the past few days, most recently with the $27 million sale of a 63rd-floor apartment in the Extell tower.

    Sponsor unit 63B, which was not listed on StreetEasy, went into contract in August and closed earlier this month for $27.13 million, property records filed with the city today show. [more]

  • From left: Le Bernadin head chef and co-owner Eric Ripert, the eatery's main dining room and the exterior of 155 West 51st Street

    From left: Le Bernadin head chef Eric Ripert, the eatery’s main dining room and the exterior of 155 West 51st Street

    Three-Michelin-starred seafood restaurant Le Bernadin has expanded for the first time into a spot called Privé on the second floor of the AXA tower it occupies at 155 West 51st Street. [more]

  • 505-513 West 43rd Street

    505-513 West 43rd Street

    The development firm that bought a Far West Side property over a set of train tracks earlier this year is planning to erect a 16-story building that will offer both market-rate and affordable condos.

    The Elad Group, owner of the Plaza Hotel and developer of projects such as the warehouse-to-condo conversion of 250 West Street in Tribeca, is in the beginning stages of seeking city approval for its residential development at 505-513 West 43rd Street. [more]

  • A rendering of Hines' MoMa tower

    Rendering of Hines’ MoMa tower

    With the purchase of some $85 million worth of air rights from its neighbors and a large construction loan in place, the developer of the long-stalled MoMa supertall tower said it is finally ready to put shovels in the ground.

    Houston-based Hines recently closed on two deals to buy more than 240,000 square feet of development rights from MoMa and the St. Thomas Episcopal Church for its Jean Nouvel-designed, 1,050-foot condo tower 53W53, property records show. The total purchase price worked out to $85.3 million. The 31,389 square feet of development rights from MoMa worked out to about $453 per foot, while St. Thomas’ 210,000 square feet of excess rights came in shy of $340 per foot. The developer declined to comment on the specifics of the transactions. An air-rights expert not affiliated with the deals said they were probably negotiated some time ago at different intervals. [more]

  • Revamped Rainbow Room to reopen next month

    September 17, 2014 02:10PM
    From left: Rob Speyer, Jerry Speyer and the Rainbow Room at 30 Rock

    From left: Rob Speyer, Jerry Speyer and the Rainbow Room at 30 Rock pre-renovation

    The iconic Rainbow Room event space, located on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, is due to reopen Oct. 1. [more]

  • From left: Norges' Yngve Slyngstad, 1095 Sixth Avenue and Blackstone's Jonathan Gray

    From left: Norges’ Yngve Slyngstad, 1095 Sixth Avenue and Blackstone’s Jonathan Gray

    UPDATED, 1:21 p.m., Sept. 17: Fresh off the acquisition of a 45 percent stake in Boston Properties’ 601 Lexington Avenue, the sovereign fund that manages Norway’s substantial oil wealth is making a play for Blackstone Group’s 1095 Sixth Avenue, according to a source familiar with the talks. A deal for the tower, expected to fetch up to $2.25 billion, would be the biggest single office asset sale in New York since the GM Building traded hands in 2008. [more]

  • Boston Properties' Mortimer Zuckerman and 601 Lexington Avenue

    Boston Properties’ Mortimer Zuckerman and 601 Lexington Avenue

    Norges Bank Investment Management, an arm of the central bank of Norway, has reached an agreement to purchase a 45 percent interest in 601 Lexington Avenue, along with equal shares in two Boston properties, from real estate investment trust Boston Properties for $1.5 billion in cash.

    Norges Bank is also picking up an equal interest share in Boston’s Atlantic Wharf Office Building and 100 Federal Street as part of the deal. Following the agreement, Norges Bank and Boston Properties will form a joint venture for each of the three properties, with the latter retaining property and leasing management. [more]

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    From left: retail spaces at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Journal Square PATH station

    Cushman & Wakefield is poised to land a contract to broker up to 230,000 square feet of retail space at Port Authority transit hubs in the city and across the Hudson River, agency documents show. [more]

  • Extell's development site at 429 West 36th Street

    Extell’s development site at 429 West 36th Street

    Gary Barnett’s Extell Development Corp. is looking to buy at least $30 million worth of air rights from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for a residential development site it owns in the Hudson Yards neighborhood, according to agency documents.

    Extell owns three properties between Ninth and 10th Avenues on the far West Side running block-through from 36th to 37th streets along Dyer Avenue, the sunken roadway that snakes from the Lincoln Tunnel to 30th Street. Extell’s site is surrounded by a number of hotel and residential developments in the booming neighborhood just north of the Related Companies’ and Brookfield Office Properties’ large, mixed-use projects. [more]

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    From left: Robert Knakal, 25-27 Beekman Street and 205 West 101st Street (Building photos: Google)

    Real estate insiders say a package of eight family-owned parking garages in prime Manhattan and Brooklyn that recently hit the market could net as much as $250 million because of their redevelopment potential. [more]

  • 99 Park Avenue (Credit: CoStar Group)

    99 Park Avenue (Credit: CoStar Group)

    Risk management software company Numerix is taking 31,615 square feet at Eastgate Realty’s 99 Park Avenue, The Real Deal has learned. Numerix is taking space formerly occupied by online advertising network Collective.

    In the sublease deal, Numerix will pay rents starting in the low $40s per square foot for its fifth floor space at the 26-story, 640,000-square-foot building, located between 39th and 40th streets. [more]

  • 1251 Sixth Avenue

    1251 Sixth Avenue

    Law firm Davis Wright Tremaine will be moving to Mitsui Fudosan’s 1251 Sixth Avenue, The Real Deal has learned. Davis Wright is jumping ship from Paramount Group and Beacon Capital Partners’ 1633 Broadway, and will take 42,000 square feet at its new location. [more]

  • Rendering of SL Green's planned Grand Central overhaul

    Rendering of SL Green’s planned Grand Central overhaul

    Grand Central is slated to undergo a $210 million transformation that will yield four new staircases to the subway platforms, two new street entrances, a revamped mezzanine and a brand new 4,000-square-foot waiting area as part of developer SL Green’s deal with the de Blasio administration. [more]

  • The base of the Mobil Building at 150 East 42nd Street, where Mount Sinai has about 450,000 square feet

    The base of the Mobil Building at 150 East 42nd Street, where Mount Sinai has about 450,000 square feet

    UPDATED, 2:10 p.m., September 3: Mount Sinai Medical Center bought seven commercial condominiums at the base of the Mobil Building for $110.6 million, according to property records filed with the city today. The Goelet family, one of the city’s oldest landlords and the owner of the fee position in the building, along with Hiro Real Estate, which owned the leasehold, provided the financing for the deal. [more]

  • Midtown Apple store cube secures patent

    August 28, 2014 02:50PM
    Apple store cube at 767 Fifth Avenue

    Apple store cube at 767 Fifth Avenue

    Apple has secured a U.S. patent on the glass cube design atop its subterranean Fifth Avenue store in Midtown Manhattan.

    The tech giant initially applied for a trademark on the design in front of the GM Building at 767 Fifth Avenue back in 2010, and a decision on that application is still pending. Apple received a European trademark on key design elements of its retail stores within the EU last month, and a cylindrical glass topper for the company’s Shanghai store received a patent in 2012, 9to5mac reported.  [more]

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    245 East 36th Street (Photo: Microsoft)

    Perlbinder Realty, the Manhattan real estate firm led by brothers Stephen and Mark Perlbinder, won its third extension for a long-delayed mixed-use high-rise planned for Second Avenue between 36th and 37th streets, partly spanning an entrance to the Queens Midtown Tunnel.

    The site is a large one, and so is the question mark about its future. The owners have not developed it since first winning approvals from the city in 2002. At the moment, the property has a parking lot on part of the land. The north portion is occupied by a ramp providing access to the Queen Midtown Tunnel, which is operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. [more]

  • The Mobil Building at 150 East 42nd Street

    The Mobil Building at 150 East 42nd Street

    Real estate investors David Werner and Mark Karasick have secured the funds to complete their acquisition of the leasehold position in the iconic Mobil Building, The Real Deal has learned. Meridian Capital Group and Eastdil Secured arranged a $700 million loan for the 1.8 million-square-foot property at 150 East 42nd Street. The deal is one of the biggest financings of the year. [more]

  • From left: Cushman & Wakefield's Sherry Cushman, 4 Brookfield Place and a rendering of Manhattan West

    From left: Cushman & Wakefield’s Sherry Cushman, 4 Brookfield Place and a rendering of Manhattan West

    Gotham law firms are increasingly going the way of big banks, shrinking the amount of space per attorney and relocating from pricey Midtown locales in an attempt to reduce office space overall. [more]

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    From left: Bruce Cohen, Morris Missry, Martin Polevoy and One57 at 157 West 57th Street (Photo credit: John Cahill)

    Within the lofty heights of New York City commercial and residential real estate world, it’s often a given that as the prices rise, the number of industry professionals equipped to service such buyers and sellers, declines. [more]

  • From left: 1441 Broadway and a rendering of the renovated building

    From left: 1441 Broadway and a rendering of the renovated building

    The city’s last Office Depot will shutter its doors near Times Square at the end of the year. The move comes as the company trims more than 150 locations nationwide by year’s end following its acquisition of former rival Office Max. [more]

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