City marshals evict co-working firm from Midtown tower

Tenants of Corporate Suites were given 15 minutes to vacate their offices at 1001 Avenue of the Americas

Nov.November 25, 2019 04:09 PM
1001 Avenue of the Americas (Credit: Google Maps, iStock)

1001 Avenue of the Americas (Credit: Google Maps, iStock)

WeWork isn’t the only co-working firm that’s struggling.

Tenants of Corporate Suites, a firm that subleases office space in a half-dozen locations across Midtown, were evicted from its offices at 1001 Sixth Avenue on Friday morning.

According to one business owner who was present, he and other Corporate Suites tenants were told by New York City marshals to pack their belongings and exit the premises within 15 minutes.

“People were nervous. It’s people’s livelihood, you know?” said the business owner, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “To get stuff out is not a pleasant thing, especially if you want to operate a business.”

City marshal Robert Renzulli, who conducted the eviction at 11 a.m. on Friday, said it was a result of nonpayment of rent by the tenant. He was the sole marshal onsite, and about 60 people were ordered to leave floors 11 and 12 of the building, he said.

“A number of people were caught unawares, so they just had a lot of questions,” Renzulli said.

A receptionist at Corporate Suites said company president Hayim Grant was unavailable for comment.

ABS Partners Real Estate, which owns the 240,000-square-foot building, did not respond to a request for comment.

In 2015, Corporate Suites was ranked the fifth-largest office space company in New York, with 169,000 square feet across nine locations. According to a 2012 press release, the firm launched in the early 2000s.

It now only lists six locations in the city, including 641 Lexington Avenue, 757 Third Avenue, 275 Madison Avenue, 1180 Avenue of the Americas and 2 Park Avenue. The 1001 Avenue of the Americas location is still listed as available on the firm’s website.

Last year, the firm made headlines after it terminated its lease agreement with Aaron Schlossberg, an attorney who was filmed yelling profanities at Spanish-speaking restaurant workers.

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