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  • From left: Westbrook COO Sush Torgalkar, Ruby Schron and Bruce Federman, with 47 Hall Street in Clinton Hill

    From left: Westbrook COO Sush Torgalkar, Ruby Schron and Bruce Federman, with 47 Hall Street in Clinton Hill

    UPDATED, 2:09 p.m., Nov. 13: Westbrook Partners and RXR Realty are contract to buy a half-million-square-foot commercial property near the Brooklyn Navy Yard for more than $160 million, according to sources.  [more]

  • 626 Sheepshead Bay Road

    Rendering of 626 Sheepshead Bay Road in Coney Island (credit: S9) (inset: Rubin Schron)

    Renderings and additional details are out for Rubin Schron’s mixed-use project in Coney Island, and they reveal a sizable retail component.  [more]

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    From left: Rubin, Eli and Avi Schron (credit: Agudath Israel)

    In January, Avi Schron did something his father Ruby never had.

    On behalf of Cammeby’s International, he filed plans to build a new 41-story tower in South Brooklyn, the first major solo ground-up development by the family firm in its nearly 50-year history.

    When New York real estate folk talk about “old-school investors,” they’re often picturing Rubin Schron. Starting Cammeby’s in 1967 with a handful of Bronx properties, he parlayed those modest holdings into an enviable portfolio that includes the Woolworth Building, Industry City and over 15,000 apartments. While many of his peers moved into development, Schron, who Bloomberg estimates is worth about $1.6 billion, stuck to what he knew: measured investment plays, long-term multifamily holds and shrewd partnerships on office and industrial properties.

    Though he remains a force even at the age of 78, his sons Avi and Eli are beginning to shape the future of Cammeby’s, pushing the company into ground-up projects and more audacious acquisitions.

    “When a family makes a big shift in perspective and appetite, it’s generally based on what the next generation wants to do,” an industry source who has worked with the Schrons said. [more]

  • Ruby Schron and Bruce Federman with 47 Hall Street

    Ruby Schron, Bruce Federman and 47 Hall Street in Clinton Hill

    Westbrook Partners and Invesco Real Estate are among the investors bidding on a massive industrial building near the Brooklyn Navy Yard in a deal that could value the property north of $300 million.

    The institutional investors are vying for what is most likely a minority stake in 47 Hall Street, a 550,000-square-foot warehouse in Clinton Hill owned by partners Bruce Federman, Rubin Schron’s Cammeby’s International and Eli Fruchthandler , sources told The Real Deal. [more]

  • From left: 45 Broadway in Downtown Manhattan and Rubin Schron

    From left: 45 Broadway in the Financial District and Rubin Schron

    Cammeby’s International secured nearly $100 million to refinance the mortgage of a 32-story office tower in the Financial District.

    Rubin Schron bought the 380,000-square-foot office building at 45 Broadway in 2000 for $60 million. [more]

  • 614 Sheepshead Bay Road in Coney Island and Rubin Schron

    614 Sheepshead Bay Road in Coney Island and Rubin Schron

    Rubin Schron’s Cammeby’s International has plans to build an 88,000-square-foot commercial-and-community facility next to its planned residential tower in Coney Island, according to a permit application filed with the city’s Department of Buildings on Wednesday. [more]

  • Rubin Schron and 30 Park Avenue

    Rubin Schron and 30 Park Avenue in Murray Hill

    UPDATED, 6:11 p.m., March 18: Rubin Schron’s Cammeby’s International has taken a majority stake in 30 Park Avenue, which closed yesterday for $194 million. Joseph Sitt’s Thor Equities Residential went into contract to buy the 241-unit Murray Hill building in December, as The Real Deal first reported, and still holds a stake in the property, according to a source familiar with the company. [more]

  • From left: Rubin Schron, 605 West 141st Street and 172 Rivington Street

    From left: Rubin Schron, 605 West 141st Street and 172 Rivington Street

    From the sale of a $18.1 million commercial building adjacent to Camebby’s massive Coney Island development project to a Downtown Brooklyn parking garage for $14.5 million, here’s a look at how New York City’s investment sales market for properties between $10 million and $20 million fared this week.

  • From left: 1501 Lexington Avenue and Rubin Schron

    From left: 1501 Lexington Avenue and Rubin Schron

    Rubin Schron is buying a 12-story property on the Upper East Side for more than $90 million. [more]

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  • Rubin Schron

    Rubin Schron

    Rubin Schron’s Cammeby’s International filed plans with the city today for a 40-story, 544-unit mixed-use building on Coney Island.

    The building, located at 532 Neptune Avenue, will span 691,405 square feet, including 513,850 square feet of residential space and another 162,220 square feet of commercial space.  [more]

  • Ruby Schron

    Rubin Schron

    Many people might not know the man behind roughly 15,000 units and a large collection of buildings across the city.

    While Rubin Schron, the 77-year-old president of Cammeby’s International and one of the city’s major property owners, has assembled a $1.6 billion fortune, he has never appeared on an international wealth ranking and has not named any of his buildings after himself. Among his properties is the Pueblo Nuevo, a Lower East Side building inhabited by residents who received rent assistance from the government, according to Bloomberg News. [more]

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    Empire State Building and Anthony Malkin

    A second bidder — this time unidentified — has bid to buy the Empire State Building before the planned initial public offering for a portfolio that includes the iconic tower, Bloomberg News reported. The would-be buyer pledged to pay $2.1 billion, topping Rubin Schron’s $2 billion offer last week.

    Building owner Malkin Holdings is currently reviewing two unsolicited bids in advance of the planned IPO, according to a regulatory filing cited by Bloomberg News. [more]

  • 215 Chrystie Street, Ruby Schron and a blueprint of the hotel

    Ruby Schron appears to have found the fastest way to a community board’s heart — promises of rent regulation. The Cammeby’s International head was given the green light by Communtiy Board 3 to build a controversial 25-story hotel on Chrystie Street in the Lower East Side in exchange for extended rent regulation at an adjacent building, Bowery Boogie reported. [more]

  • 215 Chrystie Street

    A 25-story mixed-use hotel and luxury condo building could rise above Chrystie Street on the Lower East Side if Community Board 3′s zoning committee approves the recently resubmitted project next month.

    According to Bowery Boogie, the developer, which public records reveal to be Ruby Schron’s Cammeby’s International, is seeking to amend plans from 1982 for one of the last undeveloped properties in the Cooper Square Urban Renewal Area, at 215 Chrystie Street. [more]

  • From left: Steve Witkoff, Ruby Schron and the Woolworth building

    An Israeli investor has signed a contract to buy the top 25 floors of the Woolworth building for about $70 million, Crain’s reported. The deal comes six weeks after reports first emerged that Steve Witkoff’s Witkoff Group and Ruby Schron’s Cammeby’s International were considering a sale of the upper portion of the property, which has remained vacant for years in advance of a residential or hotel conversion.  [more]

  • From left: Steve Witkoff, Ruby Schron and the Woolworth building

    The Witkoff Group and Cammeby’s International partnership that owns the historic Woolworth building is in talks to sell the property for as much as $500 million, the New York Post reported. Steve Witkoff and Ruby Schron’s companies joined forces to purchase the 59-story, 935,633-square-foot building, at 233 Broadway near Barclay Street, for $137.5 million in 1998. [more]

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    From left: Rubin Schron of Cammeby’s International Group, Rosewood Realty Group President Aaron Jungreis, 410 St. Nicholas Avenue and 2450 Frederick Douglass Boulevard (building credits: PropertyShark)

    Real estate investor Israel Weinberger purchased the nearly 40-year-old Lionel Hampton Houses in Harlem for $32.5 million from Rubin Schron’s Cammeby’s International Group.

    The former Mitchell-Lama apartment buildings, with a total of 355 units, are located at 2450 Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 131st and 132nd streets and 410 St. Nicholas Avenue, between 130th and 131st streets.

    The sale went into contract in May and closed Oct. 5, city property records published Oct. 31 show. Cammeby’s and Weinberger did not respond to requests for comment.

    The sale was brokered by Aaron Jungreis, president of Rosewood Realty Group, for a price of about $91,550 per unit. … [more]

  • The wheels are finally turning on the long-awaited conversion at the top of the Woolworth Building. According to the Post, the building’s ownership is prepared to make a decision on whether the upper portion of the building will be rental apartments or a hotel within the next 30 to 45 days. Office tenants at the 57-story landmark currently occupy floors as high up as the 27th — above that, the floors are vacant, said Steve Witkoff, CEO of the Witkoff Group and a partner in the building’s ownership group, which also includes Cammeby’s International head Ruby Schron. Floors 28 and up are also served by separate elevator banks, and permits to move the stairways and elevators on floors 30 through 47 — a $6 million project — were approved by the Department of Buildings earlier this month.  … [more]

  • alternate textFrom left: Heritage on Fifth, 420 East 102nd Street, 1890-1894 Lexington Avenue, and 1982-1990 Lexington Avenue (Photo source for last three images: Property Shark)

    One of the largest operators of affordable multi-family housing in Upper Manhattan and the boroughs is suing the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development for at least $4 million for lost income tied to deferred rent increases in subsidized housing vouchers at three apartment complexes in East Harlem. New Jersey-based Urban American Management, through its affiliate Putnam Holding, claims that the city agency breached a contract by delaying approval of rent increases for a special class of Section 8 subsidized housing vouchers in the three complexes. In addition, the petition filed in New York State Supreme Court Monday claims HPD bowed to pressure from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and revoked approved rent increases that were between 3 and 23 percent to the apartments with tenants holding enhanced Section 8 vouchers at the three complexes. … [more]


  • From left, Brooklyn Beep Marty Markowitz, State Sen. Diane Savino, Rep. Jerrold Nadler

    City officials announced a $21 million deal today to renovate the Luna Park housing complex in Coney Island, under an agreement that would keep the apartments in the Mitchell Lama affordable housing program for another 20 years.

    The agreement ends years of controversy about the Coney Island co-op complex. A number of shareholders at the 1,600-unit development had been actively considering a plan to go private, with some actively pushing for a feasibility study on whether to exit the Mitchell Lama program.

    “It was a poignant moment for us to preserve the affordability [of Luna Park],” said one local official, who asked not to be identified.

    Several other Mitchell Lama buildings in the Coney Island area have gone private in recent years, including Ocean Towers, a 360-unit development that was sold for $5.9 million to Cammeby’s International in 2007. … [more]