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Robert Knakal

Chairman
Cushman & Wakefield
1290 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10104
(212) 660-7777
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Robert Knakal is chairman of capital markets at the global brokerage Cushman & Wakefield. He was the co-founder and chairman of Massey Knakal Realty Services, the biggest investment-sales brokerage in New York City in number of deals, until Cushman acquired the firm in late 2014 for approximately $100 million. Knakal has personally traded more than 1,300 buildings and sites in New York worth $9 billion, including some of the biggest apartment-building portfolio sales in the citys history.

Knakal founded his firm with Paul Massey Jr. in 1988, after the pair worked together for several years in the Manhattan offices of Coldwell Banker Commercial. The original concept was to specialize in properties smaller than 100,000 square feet, though Massey Knakal has often reached beyond that. The firm, which also focuses on the New York metropolitan area and exclusively represents sellers, included more than 150 employees in four offices as of spring 2014.

Knakal, a New Jersey native born in 1963, graduated from the Wharton School of Business in 1984. He is one of the most oft-quoted experts on the New York investment-sales market, and writes regularly about it for the Commercial Observer.


08/02/16
...at closing, according to the Attorney General's office. Robert Knakal and Clint Olsen of Cushman & Wakefield marketed the building. The asking price for...

07/06/16
...From left: Stephen Siegel, 117 West 79th Street and Robert Knakal Fairstead Capital acquired an Upper West Side single-room occupancy hotel known as the Park...

06/10/16
...say for now.” Massey, who along with partner Robert Knakal, sold his namesake firm to Cushman & Wakefield in 2014 for $100 million, has been toying...

03/25/16
Sales of Manhattan development sites slowed significantly in the first months of 2016, adding to broader concerns over the health of the New York real...

03/25/16
...seeking citywide office. Massey and his former partner Robert Knakal sold their namesake commercial brokerage to Cushman & Wakefield in 2014 for $100 million. Last month...

03/24/16
...with the department of buildings as of Thursday. Robert Knakal and John Ciraulo of Cushman & Wakefield brokered the sale. They could not be...

02/17/16
...Chang told the Observer. Cushman & Wakefield’s Robert Knakal is negotiating the new deal for both sides. ClearRock and Juster Properties paid $29 million...

02/09/16
...sold the commercial brokerage firm he built with Robert Knakal -- Massey Knakal Realty Services -- to Cushman & Wakefield reportedly for $100 million in...

12/24/15
...From left: Paul Massey, Robert Knakal, Marc Holliday Tod Lickerman and Jonathan Gray The global economy saw over $3.8 trillion in...

08/31/15
...the deed, and closed on the buy Aug. 12. Robert Knakal, chairman of the New York investment sales division at Cushman & Wakefield, brokered the...

07/21/15
...forecasts of between $60 billion and $65 billion, according to Robert Knakal, the brokerage’s chair of New York investment sales. The Brooklyn market is on...

05/18/15
...runs Sunday through Wednesday. Sunday afternoon, Jeff Sutton, Robert Knakal, Simon Ziff, Bobby Cayre and dozens of others were backslapping and taking in the...

03/16/15
...properties for $24 million in 2007. Cushman & Wakefield’s Robert Knakal and Robert Shapiro represented the seller in the deal. A representative for Candlebrook declined...

02/12/15
...close to the deal. Cushman & Wakefield’s Robert Knakal and Clint Olsen represented the seller, while Richard Guarino and Eric Roth of Friedman-Roth...

01/26/15
...is today... The market spoke.” Massey Knakal’s Robert Knakal testified as an expert for the prosecution at the trial, saying that Chetrit’s...

01/22/15
...From left: Robert Knakal, Paul Massey and signage (Photo credits: Vanishing New York, Sheepshead Bites, Google) Even as...

12/30/14
...Robert Knakal and 319-321 West 38th Street Jaz Patel, one of the principals of hotel-investment company...

12/30/14
...oversee sales brokerage operations for New York City. Robert Knakal will also fill a key role at Cushman, which aims to ramp up its...

12/18/14
...From left: Robert Knakal, Paul Massey, Peter Hennessy and Mitchell Steir Cushman & Wakefield’s acquisition of the...

12/16/14
...From left: James Underhill, Robert Knakal and Paul Massey A day after Cushman & Wakefield announced the $100 million purchase of...

11/19/14
...with roughly 225,000 square feet in leases signed recently. Robert Knakal of Massey Knakal Realty Services represented the sellers in the deal. Savanna, led by...

11/11/14
...From left: Robert Knakal and Paul Massey The potential sale of Massey Knakal Realty Services -- New York...

11/06/14
...of the current market value. Investment sales broker Robert Knakal, chairman of Massey Knakal Realty Services, estimated the value of the land to be...

11/04/14
As real estate industry bigwigs join average New Yorkers at the polls this morning to cast their votes on which party should take control of the...

11/03/14
...of 132 apartments, Crain's reported. Massey Knakal Realty Services' Robert Knakal and Robert Shapiro are marketing the buildings, which collectively last sold for $24 million in...
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  • Event Sales
  • Address 292 Fifth Avenue
  • Neighborhood Koreatown
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 70,000
  • Price $ 42,500,000
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The development site was sold for $42.5 million.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 66-72; 80, 86 Fort Washington Avenue; 838, 884 Riverside Drive
  • Neighborhood Washington Heights
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 341,148
  • Price $ 101,500,000
notes
The 5-building, multifamily and ground floor retail portfolio sold for $101.5 million.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 305 East 61st Street
  • Neighborhood Upper East Side
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 72,000
  • Price $ 40,000,000
  • Price per foot $ 556.00
notes
The storage building sold for $40 million.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 117 West 79th Street
  • Neighborhood Upper West Side
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 32,100
  • Price $ 22,500,000
  • Price per foot $ 700.00
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The hotel sold for $22.5 million with plans for a multifamily residential conversion.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 66 Pearl Street
  • Neighborhood Lower Manhattan
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 12,445
  • Price $ 19,000,000
  • Price per foot $ 1,526.72
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The retail condominium sold for $19 million.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 211-215 East 38th Street
  • Neighborhood Murray Hill
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 17,944
  • Price $ 36,700,000
  • Price per foot $ 2,045.25
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The property sold for $36.7 million.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 1623 Kings Highway
  • Neighborhood Midwood
  • Borough Brooklyn
  • Square feet 20,000
  • Price $ 17,000,000
  • Price per foot $ 850.00
  • Publication Date 05/01/2016
  • Event Date 03/17/2016
  • Party 1 New York REIT
  • Party 1 Brokerage Forte Capital Management
  • Party 1 Broker Chaim Cahane
  • Party 2 Lido Realty
  • Party 2 Brokerage Cushman & Wakefield
  • Party 2 Broker Robert Knakal, Alex Svetlakou, Jonathan Hageman
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The mixed-use property sold for $17 million.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 123 Lafayette Street
  • Neighborhood Soho
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 21,916
  • Price $ 33,500,000
  • Price per foot $ 1,528.56
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The office and retail building sold for $33.5 million.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 9 East 39th Street
  • Neighborhood Midtown East
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 101,100
  • Price $ 31,600,000
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The 2 buildings sold for $31.6 million included 14 East 39th Street.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 10 East 34th Street
  • Neighborhood Midtown
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 55,000
  • Price $ 51,700,000
  • Price per foot $ 940.00
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The 10-story building sold for $51.7 million.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 23-30 Borden Avenue
  • Neighborhood Long Island City
  • Borough Queens
  • Square feet 276,705
  • Price $ 48,000,000
  • Price per foot $ 173.47
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The building sold for $48 million includes state-of-the-art material management and refrigeration systems.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 323-335 West 96th Street
  • Neighborhood Upper West Side
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 133,700
  • Price $ 27,000,000
  • Price per foot $ 201.94
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The building sold for $27 million.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 9 DeKalb
  • Neighborhood Downtown Brooklyn
  • Borough Brooklyn
  • Square feet 70,000
  • Price $ 90,000,000
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The property sold for $90 million.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 440 West 47th Street
  • Neighborhood Hell's Kitchen
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 37,000
  • Price $ 23,500,000
  • Price per foot $ 635.14
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The multifamily residential building sold for $23.5 million.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 163-30 Cross Bay Boulevard
  • Neighborhood Howard Beach
  • Borough Queens
  • Price $ 12,600,000
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The commercial building sold for $12.6 million.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 143 East 60th Street
  • Neighborhood Upper East Side
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 19,685
  • Price $ 300,000,000
  • Price per foot $ 15,240.03
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The development site, which includes $282,925 buildable square feet, sold for $300 million.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 162 East 83rd Street
  • Neighborhood Upper East Side
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 4,610
  • Price $ 7,300,000
  • Price per foot $ 1,583.51
  • Publication Date 09/01/2015
  • Event Date 07/23/2015
  • Party 1 Brokerage Cushman & Wakefield
  • Party 1 Broker Thomas D. Gammino, Robert Knakal
  • Event Sales
  • Address 410 West 36th Street
  • Neighborhood Hudson Yards
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 9,745
  • Price $ 6,700,000
  • Price per foot $ 687.53
  • Publication Date 09/01/2015
  • Event Date 07/23/2015
  • Party 1 Brokerage Cushman & Wakefield
  • Party 1 Broker Robert Knakal, James Nelson, Matt Nickerson
  • Event Sales
  • Address 55 Third Avenue
  • Neighborhood East Village
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 15,311
  • Price $ 24,400,000
  • Price per foot $ 1,593.63
  • Event Sales
  • Address 508 West 158th Street
  • Neighborhood Washington Heights
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 62,680
  • Price $ 15,000,000
  • Price per foot $ 239.31
  • Publication Date 08/01/2015
  • Event Date 06/22/2015
  • Party 1 Brokerage Cushman & Wakefield
  • Party 1 Broker Robert Shapiro, Robert Knakal
  • Event Sales
  • Address 409 East 87th Street
  • Neighborhood Yorkville
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 8,590
  • Price $ 6,500,000
  • Price per foot $ 756.69
  • Publication Date 07/01/2015
  • Event Date 05/22/2015
  • Party 1 Brokerage Cushman & Wakefield
  • Party 1 Broker Thomas Gammino, Robert Knakal
  • Party 2 Brokerage Weichert Realtors
  • Event Sales
  • Building Name 355-357 West 39th Street
  • Address 357 West 39th Street
  • Neighborhood Hudson Yards
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 8,406
  • Price $ 7,400,000
  • Price per foot $ 880.32
  • Publication Date 04/01/2015
  • Event Date 02/20/2015
  • Party 1 Brokerage Cushman & Wakefield
  • Party 1 Broker Robert Knakal, Stephen P. Palmese
  • Party 2 Brokerage Cushman & Wakefield
  • Event Sales
  • Building Name 4101 and 4113 Broadway
  • Address 4113 Broadway
  • Neighborhood Washington Heights
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 126,000
  • Price $ 42,000,000
  • Price per foot $ 333.33
  • Event Sales
  • Address 85 Fifth Avenue
  • Neighborhood Flatiron
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 102,991
  • Price $ 86,000,000
  • Price per foot $ 835.02
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The retail building sold for $86 million.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 319-321 West 38th Street
  • Neighborhood Hell's Kitchen
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Price $ 23,500,000
  • Publication Date 02/01/2015
  • Event Date 12/18/2014
  • Party 1 Broker Robert Knakal, David Kalish, Jonathan Hageman
  • Party 2 LeTap Group
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