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  • From left: Platinum Properties' Daniel Hedaya, 40 Broad Street and a Birkenstock sandal

    From left: Platinum Properties’ Daniel Hedaya, 40 Broad Street and a Birkenstock sandal

    Alex Birkenstock, heir to the eponymous sandal company fortune, is listing his Setai penthouse for more than double what he paid three years ago. [more]

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  • UPDATED: 2:51 p.m., Dec. 10: A partnership between Declaration Management and a group of investors has sold a pair of office condominiums at 40 Broad Street for more than twice what they paid in 2011. [more]

  • Roti Grill is coming to 100 Maiden Lane

    The Financial District’s restaurant scene continues to get upgrades, according to the New York Post, but not exactly to the extent that its wave of new residents were hoping. The latest new eatery is Roti Mediterranean Grill, a healthy fast food chain with 16 outposts in Chicago and Washington, D.C. that’s opening in a 2,000-square-foot space at 100 Maiden Lane in January.

    While Roti was able to find suitable space in a retail location that formerly housed an HSBC, most available spaces at former bank vaults are too large and many of the remaining potential locations are very small and narrow. [more]

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    Clockwise from top left: Nir Meir, Ziel Feldman and Ilan Rubenstein of
    HFZ Capital Group; Ziel Feldman and Wendy Maitland and Reid Price of
    Town Residential; Ziel Feldman and Elie Pariente, principal at Synergy New York
    and Stuart Sussman of Core and William Bish of Corcoran Sunshine

    HFZ Capital Group head Ziel Feldman held a party on the rooftop of the Setai Wall Street last night, along with Elie Pariente principal at the building’s marketing firm Synergy New York, to celebrate its recent return to the market (see photos above). The Zamir Equities-developed project at 40 Broad Street in the Financial District was converted to a 159-unit condominium in 2009, but Zamir defaulted on the $147 million loan attached to the building in 2010. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman halted closings to investigate the financing situation and the building was taken off the market.

    The financial trouble was preceded by construction turmoil that caused some initial buyers to back out of their contracts, and a lawsuit by the Setai Group brand alleging “substandard quality.” — Adam Fusfeld[more]

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    From left: 321 Lenox Avenue (credit: PropertyShark) and H&H Bagels at 639 West 46th Street

    Midtown-based Delshah Capital was poised to win at auction a pre-war, 33-unit Harlem apartment building saddled with $14 million of debt, but was blocked last Thursday when the owner filed for bankruptcy.

    Meanwhile, last month, Delshah, led by principal and CEO Michael Shah, was expecting to take control of the two-story H&H Bagels building at 639 West 46th Street, until the Toro family company that owns the property filed for Chapter 11
    bankruptcy, blocking a sale.

    Such roadblocks are common for buyers of distressed debt, now wrangling with owners over who will take over the properties.

    In the most recent instance, Staten Island-based real estate investor Lorenzo De Luca, through his Lenox 126 Realty, filed for Chapter 11 protection to block a foreclosure sale at the apartment building at 321 Lenox Avenue, located one
    block from the popular Harlem Center mall at 125 West 125th Street. … [more]

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    Ziel Feldman and the Setai

    HFZ, led by Ziel Feldman, and Israel’s Acro Group, have closed on an
    $80 million deal with Anglo Irish Bank to buy the note at the Setai
    condominium at 40 Broad Street.
    Anglo Irish, the struggling Irish lender, put its $147 million
    construction loan up for sale in 2010 after the sponsor, Zamir
    Equities, defaulted on the debt.
    Zamir completed the conversion of the 34-story office building into a
    condo and sold around 50 percent of the units, but former Attorney
    General Andrew Cuomo allowed buyers to back out of their contracts and
    halted future sales
    . … [more]

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    Zamir principal Asher Zamir and the Setai Wall Street lobby

    An investor in the troubled Setai Wall Street condominium project in the Financial District filed a lawsuit against the developer and its lenders, including Anglo Irish Bank, to try and block the transfer of the deed which is being offered as part of a sale of the defaulted $150 million note.

    Manhattan-based real estate firm Delshah Group filed suit in New York State Supreme Court, seeking a court order to block the transfer of a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure for Zamir Equities’ Setai Wall Street, at 40 Broad Street. The deed transfer would follow the sale of the defaulted note. The note has not yet sold, court records indicate.

    Delshah filed the lawsuit Dec. 20, its third lawsuit at the property, claiming it is the largest member of the entity that controls the deed and does not consent to a deed-in-lieu. … [more]

  • Anglo Irish Bank could close within months

    November 29, 2010 02:12PM

    Lender Anglo Irish Bank will cease to exist within a few months’ time, according to Ireland’s central bank. The bank’s “nameplate” will be removed in early 2011, as the lender is wound down as quickly as possible and its deposits are given a “comfortable home,” said Governor Patrick Honohan. According to Bloomberg News, the central bank today issued a statement saying that it’s working on a new restructuring plan for the bank, which will be filed to the European Commission by the end of January. … [more]

  • In a continued effort to unload its New York City real estate holdings, the battered Anglo Irish Bank is selling its $147 million defaulted construction loan on the Setai Wall Street condominium, the Wall Street Journal reported. The 34-story converted office building by Zamir Equities was completed earlier this year and is around 50 percent sold; 40 percent of the units have closed and another 10 percent are in contract, despite many buyers having backed out of their contracts due to construction delays, according to the developer. … [more]


  • At left: Gaia managing partners Amir Yerushalmi and Danny Friedman and Park River Properties’ Lenny Sporn and Mickey Roth at their new office opening. At right: Lenny Sporn with Rabbi Yishayahu Yosef Pinto at the office.

    It’s been less than three months since Prudential Douglas Elliman powerbrokers Mickey Roth and Lenny Sporn departed the firm to start their own venture, but the Roth-Sporn brand appears to be holding strong, even under their new company name, Park River Properties.

    The freshly-minted firm, which organizes foreign buyers into purchase groups for bulk deals in new development condominiums in New York City, is planning a slew of international outposts for its forthcoming expansion. In addition to the existing Park River office in Tel Aviv, Israel, a branch is coming to Rome next month, Sporn said. He is hoping to open a total of five new overseas offices over the course of the year, and is eyeing Japan and India for two of them.

    Park River, which launched in December as part of one-year-old Gaia Real Estate, a distressed investment firm, also moved into a permanent U.S. headquarters this week with Gaia and Gaia’s latest acquisition, Vision Property Management, at the Carnegie Hall Tower at 152 West 57th Street. Park River currently employs 15 agents in New York and also has plans to open two more Manhattan branches over the next six months. … [more]

  • Investors in the Setai, a condo and spa development at 40 Broad Street, have filed a lawsuit against the building’s developers for understating the costs of the project by nearly $24 million. In addition to permitting construction overruns, the suit alleges, Zamir Equities conducted a “sham” closing in order to meet a June 2008 deadline for at least one condo purchase. The closed unit was sold to an affiliate of the developers, the suit claims, triggering a costly slew of lawsuits. Zamir also allegedly diverted construction funds from the project to a restaurant the company had leased on the ground floor. The plaintiff in the case, the DelShah Group, invested $4.185 million in the project in March 2007, and is now seeking punitive damages and reimbursement for legal costs. [NYO]

  • After construction delays and purchaser lawsuits, the posh Setai New York condominium has joined a growing number of city projects releasing buyers from their contracts. An amendment to the offering plan dated July 8 states that buyers at the 40 Broad Street condo conversion in the Financial District have been granted the right of rescission, meaning that they may walk away from their contracts and get their deposits back. The amendment, obtained by The Real Deal, states that buyers have 15 days to exercise that option. Purchasers learned of the change when they received a letter — addressed to all of the project’s buyers — and a copy of the amendment by an attorney representing the sponsor, 40 Broad LLC. The building is being developed by a partnership between family-owned real estate company Zamir Equities and the Setai Group, known for hotel and residential development in Miami. … [more]