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Massey Knakal Realty Services

275 Madison Avenue, Third Floor
New York, NY 10016
(212) 696-2500

Massey Knakal Realty Services was one of New York City largest investment-sales brokerages. It represented owners exclusively and was started in 1988 by Robert Knakal and Paul Massey Jr., its chairman and CEO, respectively. Cushman & Wakefield acquired the firm in late 2014 for approximately $100 million.

The brokerage operates under a rather novel territory system, wherein it divides the city into nearly 50 different geographic areas that brokers in each then focus on. The system is not without controversy, as brokers outside of geographic areas must pay parts of their commissions from deals done inside those areas to the brokers who focus on them. Still, the system, as well as a focus on just about every size, type and class of building or site, helped Massey Knakal grow relatively quickly into a major player in the New York City area (it focuses not only on the five boroughs, but on Westchester County, Long Island and northern New Jersey). In 2011, for instance, Massey Knakal brokered 142 deals under $50 million, more than any other brokerage.

Since 1988, it has brokered more than 4,200 transactions worth an aggregate total of $15 billion. The firm grew from Massey and Knakal to more than 100 employees in four offices, including its headquarters at 275 Madison Avenue. The brokerage launched a retail leasing wing in early 2011 under Winick Realty's former president Benjamin Fox.


09/04/18
...Advisors has lured yet another former colleague from Massey Knakal Realty Services and Cushman & Wakefield. Tom Donovan, vice chairman at Cushman’s capital markets group...

08/28/18
...managing director of investment sales. Chase, formerly of Massey Knakal Realty Services and Cushman & Wakefield, is leaving One Commercial Realty Services, a brokerage he founded...

08/22/18
...B6 Real Estate Advisors hired a veteran of Massey Knakal Realty Services and Cushman & Wakefield to lead the new brokerage’s first team in Brooklyn...

07/24/18
...of three principals. Meanwhile, the leadership team from Massey Knakal Realty Services, which Cushman acquired in late 2014 for $100 million, is all but gone. Power broker James...

07/23/18
...the city.” Massey, who sold his eponymous brokerage Massey Knakal Realty Services with partner Bob Knakal to Cushman & Wakefield in 2014 for $100 million, struck out on...

07/02/18
...of three principals. Meanwhile, the leadership team from Massey Knakal Realty Services, which Cushman acquired in late 2014 for $100 million, is all but gone. Power broker James...

07/02/18
...began to take notice of structural changes at Massey Knakal Realty Services. In a bid to expand services that would make it more valuable to a...

...of three principals. Meanwhile, the leadership team from Massey Knakal Realty Services, which Cushman acquired in late 2014 for $100 million, is all but gone. Power broker James...

06/29/18
...Paul Massey and then-business partner Bob Knakal sold Massey Knakal Realty Services to Cushman & Wakefield. Three-and-a-half years later, Cushman & Wakefield has terminated Knakal, and...

06/27/18
...territory model made famous by his old firm, Massey Knakal Realty Services. “We were the authority on the ground with boots on the ground,” he said...

06/27/18
...Park. Before joining HFF in 2012, he worked at Massey Knakal Realty Services. The CBRE Capital Markets team is led in New York City by Darcy Stacom...

06/25/18
...Cushman & Wakefield. Three-and-a-half years after Cushman acquired Massey Knakal Realty Services, the brokerage severed ties with the investment-sales broker. “Cushman & Wakefield terminated its relationship...

06/15/18
...when the investment sales market was going gangbusters, Massey Knakal Realty Services sold to Cushman & Wakefield for about $100 million. “You have to be more than...

05/30/18
...lost some key players from its team of Massey Knakal Realty Services alumni — James Nelson, who is growing a team at Avison Young, and former mayoral...

05/15/18
...publication. After a stint in investment sales at Massey Knakal Realty Services, Bailey went to Brooklyn-centric TerraCRG before joining SCG in 2013, according to the report. Mark...

05/04/18
...bringing on some familiar faces from the old Massey Knakal Realty Services team. Since leaving Cushman & Wakefield earlier last month, Massey’s hired former Massey...

04/06/18
...worked since the end of 2014, when Cushman bought Massey Knakal Realty Services, according to the Commercial Observer. He has taken office space at 275 Madison Avenue, where...

04/03/18
...director for the Brooklyn and Queens divisions of Massey Knakal Realty Services. Purplebricks is also borrowing the Massey Knakal model of carving up geographic territories and...

02/06/18
...cornered the high-volume $10 million-to-$30 million market since acquiring Massey Knakal Realty Services for $100 million in 2015. But one broker source said that a chunk of Cushman’s...

...cornered the high-volume $10 million-to-$30 million market since acquiring Massey Knakal Realty Services for $100 million in 2015. But one broker source said that a chunk of Cushman’s...

11/30/17
...last year, to $4.6 billion since its acquisition of Massey Knakal Realty Services in 2015. But while Harmon and Spies may just be getting warmed up at their...

...last year, to $4.6 billion since its acquisition of Massey Knakal Realty Services in 2015. But while Harmon and Spies may just be getting warmed up at their...

06/28/17
...tri-state region at Cushman, which acquired Massey's brokerage Massey Knakal Realty Services at the end of 2014 for $100 million. But it was only 15 months after the sale...

06/28/17
...and ability to successfully run a large brokerage, Massey Knakal Realty Services, which he sold for a reported $100 million to Cushman & Wakefield at the end...

...TPG. In 2014, the firm paid $100 million to acquire Massey Knakal Realty Services, and last year it poached top dealmakers Doug Harmon and Adam Spies from Eastdil...
Cushman & Wakefield, Chairman
1290 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY, (212) 660-7777
Robert Knakal is chairman of capital markets at the global brokerage Cushman &...
  • Event Sales
  • Address 102 Greenwich Avenue 224-226 West 13th Street
  • Neighborhood Greenwich Village
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Price $ 12,100,000
  • Event Sales
  • Address 1400-1416 Fifth Avenue
  • Neighborhood Harlem
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Price $ 12,500,000
  • Event Sales
  • Address 235 Dekalb Avenue
  • Neighborhood Fort Greene
  • Borough Brooklyn
  • Price $ 1,800,000
  • Event Sales
  • Address 633, 636, 642, 643, 650 West 173rd Street
  • Neighborhood Washington Heights
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Price $ 30,000,000
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  • Address 7 West 24th Street
  • Neighborhood Flatiron
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Price $ 9,500,000
  • Event Sales
  • Address 88 East End Avenue
  • Neighborhood Upper East Side
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Price $ 6,100,000
  • Publication Date 02/01/2015
  • Event Date 12/18/2014
  • Party 1 Broker Thomas Gammino, Jr.
  • Party 2 Brokerage Massey Knakal Realty Services
  • Party 2 Broker Thomas D. Gammino, Jr.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 963 First Avenue
  • Neighborhood Midtown
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Price $ 10,400,000
  • Publication Date 02/01/2015
  • Event Date 12/18/2014
  • Party 1 Broker Clint Olsen
  • Party 2 Brokerage Massey Knakal Realty Services
  • Party 2 Broker Clint Olsen
  • Event Sales
  • Address 85 Fifth Avenue
  • Neighborhood Flatiron
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 102,991
  • Price $ 86,000,000
  • Price per foot $ 835.02
notes
The retail building sold for $86 million.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 15-17 Arden Street 149, 157 Vermilyea Avenue
  • Neighborhood Midtown
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Price $ 14,100,000
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  • Address 1613, 1617, 1621, 1625, 1631 Eastern Parkway
  • Neighborhood Crown Heights
  • Borough Brooklyn
  • Price $ 9,600,000
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  • Address 176 East Third Street 420 East 66th Street 336 East 81st Street 344 East 85th Street 404 East 88th Street
  • Neighborhood Midtown
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Price $ 126,200,000
  • Event Sales
  • Address 264 Fifth Avenue
  • Neighborhood Midtown
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Price $ 25,000,000
  • Event Sales
  • Address 269-271 East Houston Street
  • Neighborhood Lower East Side
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Price $ 12,800,000
  • Event Sales
  • Address 287-291 East Houston Street
  • Neighborhood Lower East Side
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Price $ 15,200,000
  • Event Sales
  • Address 427-433 Dean Street
  • Neighborhood Crown Heights
  • Borough Brooklyn
  • Price $ 14,500,000
  • Event Sales
  • Address 55 West 19th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Price $ 8,500,000
  • Event Sales
  • Address 70 Henry Street
  • Neighborhood Brooklyn Heights
  • Borough Brooklyn
  • Price $ 7,500,000
  • Event Sales
  • Address 834 Lexington Avenue
  • Neighborhood Bedford-Stuyvesant
  • Borough Brooklyn
  • Price $ 4,300,000
  • Event Sales
  • Address 225 East 30th Street
  • Neighborhood Kips Bay
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Price $ 4,800,000
  • Event Sales
  • Address 345-353 West 38th Street
  • Neighborhood Hell's Kitchen
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Price $ 112,000,000
  • Event Retail Leasing
  • Address 41 West 24th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 2,325
notes
The restaurant signed a lease.
  • Event Retail Leasing
  • Address 41 West 24th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 2,300
notes
The restaurant signed a 15-year lease.
  • Event Retail Leasing
  • Address 471 86th Street
  • Neighborhood Fort Hamilton
  • Borough Brooklyn
  • Square feet 1,000
  • Publication Date 12/01/2014
  • Event Date 10/17/2014
  • Party 1 Brokerage Massey Knakal Realty Services
  • Party 1 Broker Mitzi Flexer
  • Party 2 Cricket Wireless
notes
The wireless company signed a lease.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 55 Maspeth Avenue
  • Neighborhood Williamsburg
  • Borough Brooklyn
  • Price $ 1,500,000
  • Publication Date 12/01/2014
  • Event Date 10/17/2014
  • Party 1 Broker Mark Lively and Brendan Maddigan
  • Party 2 Brokerage Massey Knakal Realty Services
  • Party 2 Broker Mark Lively, Brendan Maddigan
  • Event Sales
  • Address 555 West End Avenue
  • Neighborhood Upper West Side
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Price $ 50,000,000
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...world rise significantly because of its acquisition of Massey Knakal Realty Services — an outer-borough sales powerhouse, particularly in Brooklyn and Queens. Rosewood, meanwhile, continued racking up...

...CBRE, meanwhile, ranked a distant second with $5.4 billion. Massey Knakal Realty Services, which was purchased by Cushman & Wakefield at the end of 2014, snagged the No...

...Management. A real estate investment fund created by Massey Knakal Realty Services and RiverOak Investment is a partner is several of the Castellan buildings. At 148 West...

...Mercado, vice president of research at commercial brokerage Massey Knakal Realty Services. To provide a snapshot of the bull market, The Real Deal this month compiled...

...Adrian Mercado, head of research for commercial brokerage Massey Knakal Realty Services. Some $1.6 billion of sales activity took place in the borough in the first half...

...from the last year, using data from brokerage Massey Knakal Realty Services and news reports. Then we took it a step further and compared the per-square-foot...

...especially good news for Eastdil Secured, CBRE Group, Massey Knakal Realty Services and Rosewood Realty Group, the top four firms on TRD’s ranking. All saw...

...firms list. Those brokerages include Crown Retail Services, Massey Knakal Realty Services and Charter Realty & Development. Crown, the brokerage arm of the Chera family’s...

...an executive managing director at investment sales firm Massey Knakal Realty Services, said he’s seeing “heated interest” from investors looking for Lower Manhattan office buildings...

...York City last year, according to figures from Massey Knakal Realty Services. That was the highest dollar volume since 2007 — when sales peaked at $62 billion — and up...

...the boroughs," said Paul Massey Jr., CEO of Massey Knakal Realty Services. The only building in the Bronx with Class A availability as of last month...

...retail clusters, said Tom Donovan, managing partner at Massey Knakal Realty Services in Queens. National drug store chains have reached the saturation point, said Donovan. "Now...