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  • Developers who rise from the dead

    November 12, 2015 10:00AM
    Illustration by Noah Patrick Pfarr

    Illustration by Noah Patrick Pfarr

    From the November issue: Legendary real estate investor William Zeckendorf Sr. owned about as many buildings as he had suits in his wardrobe. And with a fluctuating girth — the famously stout tycoon was known for dropping as much as 40 pounds only to quickly regain it — his closet was lined with a lot of suits.

    In other words, his business fortunes yo-yoed the same way his weight did. [more]

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    Mayor Bill de Blasio

    Judges on the New York State Court of Appeals began hearing arguments yesterday in a much-anticipated case that could decide whether leases for rent-stabilized apartments can be sold when a tenant declares bankruptcy.

    Based on questions and comments from the jurists, the court appears far from unified in its thinking on the issue. [more]

  • Underwater mortgages

    Underwater mortgages

    A new pilot program could help Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and large lenders expedite the sale of underwater homes currently mired in the bankruptcy process.

    U.S. bankruptcy trustees are aiming to significantly reduce the time it takes to deal with distressed homes by essentially conducting short sales during the bankruptcy process, rather than going through with foreclosure, the Daily Business Review reported. The program is meant to more quickly process homes that have been tied up for years in Chapter 7 proceedings in state courts, which have prevented lenders from repossessing properties, according to the news site. [more]

  • From left: Carl Icahn and Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City

    From left: Carl Icahn and Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City

    Trump Entertainment Resorts and billionaire investor Carl Icahn are trying to pull the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City out of bankruptcy, and they plan to take on organized labor in order to succeed. [more]

  • David Martin and Joseph Chetrit

    From left: David Martin and Joseph Chetrit

    From the South Florida website: Terra Group appears to be the next developer to take a crack at building a large residential project on the site of the Bonaventure Country Club golf course in Weston.

    The Pedro and David Martin-led company created a corporation called Terra Weston Residential and took title to a large chunk of the 36-hole golf course in a $30 million transaction recorded on Monday, according to Broward County records. It is unclear from the deed exactly how much of the more than 230-acre site changed hands in Monday’s deal. Terra Weston obtained a $41 million mortgage from Miami Beach Finance Investments. [more]

  • Stark-100-Kaplan-

    From left: Menachem Stark (Photo credit: Eli Wohl), 100 South 4th Street (Photo credit: PropertyShark) and Jeffrey Kaplan

    The Midtown-based investment firm Meadow Partners is set to purchase for $52 million a Williamsburg rental building developed by the late Menachem Stark and his partner Israel Perlmutter that would bring to a close a five-year bankruptcy process, federal court records show. [more]

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  • 100-Stark

    100 South 4th Street in Williamsburg (Photo credit: PropertyShark) and Menachem Stark (Photo credit: Eli Wohl)

    A subsidiary of lender Deutsche Bank, acting as a trustee for a 
defaulted $29 million loan on Menachem Stark’s 74-unit Williamsburg
 rental property at 100 South 4th Street, is concerned about possible
 unauthorized use of funds in the building’s bank account, U.S.
 Bankruptcy Court records filed yesterday show.


  • loehmanns

    U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Martin Glenn and Loehmann’s at 2101 Broadway

    Bankrupt department store Loehmann’s received the go-ahead from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan to sell its inventory for $16.4 million. [more]

  • 2101-Broadway-Google

    2101 Broadway (Photo credit: Google)

    The Midtown-based investment company Madison Capital purchased scores of unexpired leases formerly held by the bankrupt department store Loehmann’s, including a large lease on the Upper West Side, court records show. [more]

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  • Rent-stabilized leases have been dubbed assets in some bankruptcy proceedings in recent years. Now, for the first time, a federal appeals court is weighing in. [more]

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  • A Mandee location at 3860 E. Tremont Avenue in the Bronx

    The retailer Big M, owner of  low-priced chains Mandee and Annie Sez, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection yesterday afternoon, after Hurricane Sandy shut down its stores in New York and New Jersey, Crain’s reported.  The Totowa, N.J.-based company cited both assets and liabilities of between $50 million and $100 million. It owes money to more than 1,000 creditors. Big M operates at least 15 Mandee stores in New York City, several of which were on hard-hit Staten Island. In total, the Big M operates 84 Mandee stores, 35 Annie Sez stores and 10 Afaze stores. … [more]

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  • Life after Dewey & LeBoeuf

    June 11, 2012 10:30AM

    Stuart Saft

    From the June issue: By the time Dewey & LeBoeuf filed for bankruptcy late last month, nearly every attorney from its once-formidable real estate practice had jumped to a new firm. In doing so, they scattered its roster of impressive clients, irrevocably altering New York City’s legal landscape.

    Stuart Saft, the former chair of Dewey’s global real estate practice and an icon in the world of New York real estate, led the exodus. In late April, he decamped for Holland & Knight along with seven Dewey associates, three paralegals and two legal secretaries. [more]

  • Dewey & LeBoeuf filed for bankruptcy yesterday, the New York Times reported, more than two months after reports first emerged that the huge law firm, with one of the largest real estate practices in the city, faced financial distress. Filed in federal bankruptcy court in Manhattan, the bankruptcy calls for the firm to keep 90 employees on staff to assist in the liquidation of the business. At its peak, the firm employed more than 2,500 people in 26 global offices. The firm has $315 million in liabilities, $225 million of which is owed to banks. [more]

  • Mickey Mantle's

    The high-end Russian eatery Brasserie Pushkin is currently in negotiations to occupy the space of bankrupt Mickey Mantle’s on Central Park South, the New York Post reported. ATCO’s Dale Hemmerdinger, Mickey Mantle’s landlord, is reportedly trying to evict the 25-year-old restaurant, which is four months behind on rent.  [more]

  • Ally Financial, a bank formerly known as GMAC, is likely to declare bankruptcy for its mortgage unit, ResCap, in the next three weeks, the New York Post reported. Ally CEO Michael Carpenter has worked to avoid bankruptcy, but sources told the Post that there are no further options. [more]

  • BGC Partners’ purchase of nearly all the assets of the bankrupt commercial brokerage Grubb & Ellis is set to close in the coming weeks, a statement released by the firm today said.

    On Tuesday, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge approved BGC’s purchase of Grubb, the California-based firm that filed for bankruptcy Feb. 20. [more]

  • After filing for bankruptcy, Grubb & Ellis sent letters to brokers and employees informing them they wouldn’t be compensated for commissions and other payments they were owed pre-bankruptcy. The New York Observer reported that more than 300 objections were filed by employees across the U.S. to prevent the court from approving the motion. [more]

  • Madison 92nd Street Associates, an affiliate of Madison Equities and owner of the Upper East Side Courtyard by Marriott at 410 East 92nd Street, has filed for bankruptcy protection in an effort to prevent a foreclosure sale of the property and is working with Westport Capital Partners to line up refinancing, Bloomberg News reported. The corporation listed assets of as much as $500 million and debt of as much as $100 million, according to the filing.

    The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance holds the biggest unsecured claim of $679,581, Bloomberg said, and lender General Electric Capital, owed $74 million, has scheduled a foreclosure sale for Aug. 24. … [more]

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  • Once among the top construction firms in New York City, HRH Construction, the 86-year-old company that built Citigroup’s Midtown headquarters and many of Donald Trump’s metro-area projects, is now mired in bankruptcy court and fighting off allegations of fraud. Crain’s reported that HRH’s downfall began in the early 2000s during the construction of 2 Broadway, a building owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The project went $300 million over budget, thanks in part to HRH overbilling the construction costs, according to arbitrators who ordered the firm to repay $6.5 million in 2007. … [more]

  • The foreclosure auction of a piece of defaulted mezzanine debt on the Flatiron District’s MAve Hotel at 62 Madison Avenue between 27th and 28th streets, was postponed today when the property’s developers filed for Chaper 11 bankruptcy, according to Crain’s.

    Madison Hotel Owners, purportedly the public face of Joseph Ben Moha, the owner of Roxy Deli, and Benzion Suky, a principal at Livorno Properties, filed late last night, according to court documents. The developers have total liabilities of $9.3 million, the documents revealed. … [more]