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    From left: Ron Lo Russo, Paul Massey and the territories for a portion of Manhattan

    In perhaps the most significant development of its $100 million Massey Knakal Realty Services acquisition, Cushman & Wakefield will adopt Massey Knakal’s signature territory system for investment sales within New York City, The Real Deal has learned. [more]

  • Massey Knakal name headed for retirement

    January 22, 2015 08:00AM

    From left: Robert Knakal, Paul Massey and signage (Photo credits: Vanishing New York, Sheepshead Bites, Google)

    Even as Paul Massey and Robert Knakal intend to plant long-term roots at their new firm Cushman & Wakefield, the name of their eponymous brokerage is being uprooted in short order. [more]

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    From left: Bob Knakal, Paul Massey and Edward Forst

    Cushman & Wakefield is close to acquiring investment sales brokerage Massey Knakal Realty Services for $100 million.  [more]

  • From left: Robert Knakal and Paul Massey

    From left: Robert Knakal and Paul Massey

    More than 10 firms are interested in acquiring a piece of Massey Knakal Realty Services. [more]

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  • Paul Massey and 403 East 60th Street

    Paul Massey and 403 East 60th Street

    Shalimar Management purchased a garage site ripe for conversion at 403 East 60th Street for $31.5 million – more than $7 million above the property’s $24 million asking price, according to property records filed with the city today.

    The nonprofit Ronald McDonald House New York was the seller. Shalimar, an operator of rental properties in the city, is run by Charles Fridman. [more]

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  • Massey Knakal turns 25 this month

    November 05, 2013 11:26AM
    From left: Paul Massey and Bob Knakal

    From left: Paul Massey and Bob Knakal

    Massey Knakal Realty Services, one of the city’s top brokerages for small and mid-sized properties, will mark its 25th anniversary this month. The firm currently has $17 billion in total sales with 175 employees, a far cry from the time when the firm only had $15,000 in the bank. Indeed in late 1990, the commercial market was so slow that Knakal and his partner Paul Massey were making cold calls and playing solitaire in the office. [more]

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    Paul Massey and Petula Lucey

    One of the city’s largest commercial service firms, Massey Knakal Realty Services, tapped a former Tishman Speyer executive to be its first chief marketing officer, the company said in a statement. Massey Knakal hired Petula Lucey, a former senior director at Tishman Speyer, who led the firm’s global corporate marketing division. She started September 3.

    The move is part of an expansion Massey Knakal started about two years ago, when it stepped into new markets, including retail leasing and mortgage brokerage in January 2011. [more]

  • Ruben pays $210M for 600 Madison Ave.

    August 19, 2013 07:01PM
    Richard Ruben and 600 Madison Avenue

    Richard Ruben and 600 Madison Avenue

    Updated, 9:12 a.m., Aug. 20: Investors affiliated with Ruben Companies, a New York City-based real estate investment and development firm, have paid $210 million for an office building at 600 Madison Avenue, city records show. Ruben has held the long-term leasehold on the building since the 1970s, a source familiar with the transaction told The Real Deal. [more]

  • From left: Paul Massey and Gary Malin

    From left: Paul Massey and Gary Malin

    New York City real estate firms are opening up their wallets and hiring in greater numbers, the Wall Street Journal reported.

    The number of real estate jobs in the city jumped to 122,000 in July, a year-over-year increase of 2.9 percent, according to New York State Department of Labor data seen by the newspaper. [more]

  • Brooklyn-based Steiner Studios closed last week on the acquisition of a four-property package with a contract price of $30 million, including 350 Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

    Steiner Studios bought the four properties: a 120,000-square-foot office building at 350 Livingston Street; a vacant lot at 325 Schermerhorn Street; a medical building at 345 Schermerhorn Street and a 20,000-square-foot parking lot at 62-64 Flatbush Avenue, last Wednesday, Ray McKaba, president of the Brooklyn-based seller Nevins Realty, said. He would not comment on the sale price. … [more]

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  • Real estate developers, brokers and attorneys are gathered for the third annual Massey Knakal Multi-family Summit for the tri-state area at the McGraw-Hill Conference Center on Sixth Avenue. The focus of this year’s summit is the acquisition, disposition, financing and management of multi-family properties in the greater New York City area, with a special emphasis on the political environment, trends in rents and operations, as well as a discussion of cap rates, financing and interest rates.

    Bruce Beal, executive vice president of the Related Companies, talked about about the rental market and Related’s current projects.

    “We’ve been doing everything from looking at distressed opportunities — projects that failed, retail projects that weren’t leased, half built condominium buildings — mostly in our core markets like New York, Boston, California,” he said. — Katherine Clarke[more]


  • Manhattan investment sales by quarter (source: Massey Knakal)

    New York City investment sales fell a sharp 25 percent in the third quarter from the prior three-month period, but commercial property trades are still expected to top 2010 activity and reach $24 billion by the end of the year, executives at brokerage firm Massey Knakal Realty Services said.

    Total third-quarter sales in the city hit $6.5 billion, down from $8.7 billion in the second quarter of the year, according to figures the company released at its quarterly media briefing in Midtown this morning. For the first nine months of the year, commercial property sales including multi-family, office, retail and development, reached $19.2 billion citywide, the firm reported.

    But Robert Knakal, the company’s chairman, did not see the quarterly falloff as a permanent pullback. … [more]

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    From left: Kenneth Krasnow of CB Richard Ellis, Daniel Hagan, Cory Rosenthal, Michael Wlody, Robert Knakal and
    Paul Massey, all of Massey Knakal and Steven Spinola of REBNY

    Massey Knakal Realty Services paid a $4,000 penalty to resolve a complaint brought by the New York State Department of State that alleges that the influential commercial brokerage firm violated the state’s real estate licensing laws.

    In the agreement finalized last Thursday, Massey Knakal CEO Paul Massey and chairman Robert Knakal each agreed to pay $2,000 in fines after admitting that Kenneth Krasnow, former managing director of the Brooklyn office, was not licensed while managing real estate agents, and that three other company officers were licensed as salespersons, not brokers, as required by the law.

    The agreement, known as a consent order, says, in part: “By allowing respondent Krasnow to act as a broker in a supervisory role without insuring that he was property licensed, [Massey and Knakal] failed to properly supervise respondent Krasnow, and [has] violated [state law].” The fines have been paid, the document says. … [more]

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    From left: Kenneth Krasnow of CB Richard Ellis and Daniel Hagan, Cory Rosenthal, Michael Wlody, Robert Knakal and Paul Massey, all of Massey Knakal

    The New York State agency tasked with overseeing real estate licenses, the
    Department of State, served commercial real estate firm Massey Knakal Realty
    Services this week with a complaint alleging violations including failure to
    supervise a former managing director of the Brooklyn office and for failing to
    properly license three corporate officers as real estate brokers, according to the
    complaint provided by the agency (see complaint below).

    The complaint seeks penalties including the revocation or suspension of the
    company’s licenses held by Paul Massey, the CEO, and Robert Knakal, the chairman, as well as fines, although
    an amount was not stated. Insiders noted that despite the complaint stating a
    demand for a revocation or suspension of licenses, the actual penalties often
    wind up being far less severe.

    Massey Knakal, founded in 1988 by Massey and Knakal, has one of the largest
    investment sales forces in the city with 76 brokers, agents and associates and
    earlier this year branched into retail leasing and commercial mortgage brokerage, with additional personnel.

    The complaint follows an investigation opened after a February 2011
    article in The Real Deal
    reported that Kenneth Krasnow, then the company’s
    managing director of the Brooklyn office, did not hold a real estate license in New

    The complaint, dated May 9, 2011, but served Aug. 1 alleges that Krasnow was
    managing director of the Brooklyn and Queens offices despite not holding a
    license between Oct. 6, 2008 and Feb. 14, 2011. An individual who supervises
    agents in brokerage matters is required to have a real estate license, according
    to the DOS.

    In addition, the state’s inquiry discovered that three individuals — Daniel Hagan,
    vice president of special assets; Cory Rosenthal, vice president of executive
    operations; and Michael Wlody, CFO — held corporate offices at Massey Knakal
    with salesperson’s licenses, not brokers’ licenses, as required. Hagan, Rosenthal and Wlody weren’t immediately available for comment.

    “By allowing respondent Krasnow to act as a broker in a supervisory role without
    being properly licensed, respondent Knakal and respondent Massey have…
    demonstrated untrustworthiness and/or incompetency,” the agency complaint
    said, following standard language used in such documents.

    The next step in the process is a hearing, but a spokesperson for the state did
    not immediately know if a date had been set.

    Knakal referred questions to Massey, who declined to comment. Krasnow did not
    immediately respond to a request for comment.

    In June 2010, the DOS fined the Corcoran Group $70,000 for allowing 79 brokers and agents to work despite licensing irregularities. Since
    2009, the state has fined firms more than $200,000.

    In May, CB Richard Ellis announced that Krasnow was tapped to lead its offices
    in Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale
    . CBRE did not immediately
    respond to a request for comment.

    Massey Knakal DOS complaint[more]

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    Clockwise from top left: 345 Schermerhorn Street, 325 Schermerhorn Street, 350 Livingston Street (building credits: PropertyShark) and 62 Flatbush Avenue. Center: Paul Massey

    [Updated 4:40 p.m.] Massey Knakal Realty Services has filed a lawsuit against Nevins Realty
    and its president, alleging he directly negotiated a $30 million sale of
    four downtown Brooklyn parcels to Steiner Studios, costing the commercial
    real estate brokerage $900,000 in lost commissions.

    Massey Knakal, in the suit, filed June 22 in Manhattan Supreme Court,
    alleges fraud and breach of contract against Nevins and asked the court for
    an injunction to prevent the transfer of the $900,000 commission fee at the
    closing, which is scheduled for tomorrow. … [more]

  • Although developers Larry Silverstein and Harry Macklowe headlined the impressive list of speakers at Massey Knakal’s Commercial Real Estate Investment today, it was developer Sharif El-Gamal who jazzed up the audience at the second-floor auditorium in the McGraw-Hill Building in Midtown.

    Speaking as part of a panel that included Brookfield Properties CEO Richard Clark, George Comfort & Sons CEO Peter Duncan and Himmel + Meringoff Properties’ managing partner Stephen Meningoff, El-Gamal talked about his company’s competitive advantages. … [more]

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    From left: Ken Krasnow of Massey Knakal Realty Services; Eastern Consolidated’s Ety Lee; Eastern Consolidated’s Jerome Benayoum; and Lon Rubackin, a managing director at GFI Capital

    Commercial brokerage firm Massey Knakal Realty Services has temporarily replaced Kenneth Krasnow, the managing director of the firm’s Brooklyn office, because he is not licensed as required by the New York State Department of State, company CEO Paul Massey told The Real Deal this morning.

    Krasnow had been the head of the Brooklyn office since 2008. He will be replaced by Cory Rosenthal, corporate vice president, until Krasnow obtains his license, Massey said.

    “[In the] interim, Cory Rosenthal, corporate vice president, will take over day to day management of Queens and Brooklyn until Ken resolves the license issue,” Massey said.

  • While New York City’s real estate world is always moving forward, one Manhattan townhouse has remained virtually unchanged for nearly 150 years. The Tenement Museum at 97 Orchard Street is a living monument to immigrant life on the Lower East Side during the mid-1800s through the 1930s, and in this video The Real Deal looks at the museum’s new visitor center and explore how apartment life has changed over the years. We talk with Morris Vogel, president of the Tenement Museum, and Paul Massey, CEO of Massey Knakal Realty Services and the newly appointed chairman of the board at the museum. … [more]

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    From left: Garret Thelander and Paul Massey

    Massey Knakal Realty Services has tapped Anglo Irish Bank executive Garrett Thelander, who helped open the New York office of the troubled lender and grow its staff to 35, to lead its new mortgage division, it was expected to be announced today.

    Thelander, 55, is once again charged with starting a new office, this time as a managing director for Massey Knakal, to hire brokers and develop the new arm, Paul Massey, company CEO, told The Real Deal.

    The hiring of the bank executive comes two weeks after Massey Knakal launched a retail brokerage division, bringing in long-time retail agent Benjamin Fox for that job. At the same time, the firm has had significant defections, including a top producer for the firm, Shimon Shkury, who left with his team to open the new firm Ariel Property Advisors. … [more]


  • From left: Ben Fox, Paul Massey, Chris Havens and Gabriel Bullaro

    The announcement earlier this month from Massey Knakal Realty Services that it was entering
    the retail leasing business brought not only a major new competitor
    to New York City store rentals, but also introduced a novel
    brokerage model to the notoriously fractured industry. The 22-year-old firm has grown to be one of the largest investment sales companies in the city
    relying on a system that divides the New York metro area into nearly 50 geographic territories
    and assigns a broker to each one. It is believed to be the only firm to use a territory system for
    retail brokerage. … [more]