NYC real estate in brief

Occupancy begins at Jersey City’s 77 Hudson

Residents have begun to close and move into units at K. Hovnanian
Homes’ 420-unit development 77 Hudson, a waterfront condominium tower
in Jersey City. The 48-story, CetraRuddy-designed building is in close
proximity to shops, restaurants and quick transportation to New York
City, the developer touted in a release. Studios in the building are
available from the low $300,000s, one-bedrooms from the low
$400,000s, two-bedrooms from the mid-$600,000s and three-bedrooms from
$1 million. The units range in size from 525 square feet to more than
2,000 square feet.

Forward’s offices completed at 125 Maiden Lane

The Forward Association, the non-profit Jewish organization that publishes the Forward newspaper, now has completed digs
at 125 Maiden Lane. Aragon Construction announced that it has completed
construction of the 13,000-square-foot office space, which encompasses
much of the eighth floor. Other tenants in the 342,371-square-foot
building in Lower Manhattan include the US fund for UNICEF, and the
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. The Forward had been based at 45 East
33rd Street.

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Two Washington Heights buildings awarded $7.6M loan

The Community Preservation Corporation and the NYC Department of
Housing Preservation and Development have provided a $7.6 million construction loan for renovations at two buildings located at 75-89
Wadsworth Terrace and 190th Street in Washington Heights. There are 83
rental units between the two buildings. Renovations include upgrades to
the plumbing system, electrical repairs, installation of a new roof,
wall repairs, kitchen and bathroom replacement, and new flooring,
windows and boiler. The $219,160 cost of the energy-efficient upgrades
for the boiler and lighting systems will be provided by the New York
State Energy and Research Development Authority, which performed an
energy audit on the two buildings.

RSS feed now available on DCP Web site

City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden announced today that four RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds will be available on the Department of City Planning’s Web site. The tool will allow users to be notified immediately, free of charge, about any agency updates. Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently mandated a city government-wide increase in accessibility, transparency and accountability through technology. Users will have the option of subscribing to four feeds: the land use review feed; the zoning feed; the studies, projects and proposals feed; and the bytes of the Big Apple feed, which will offer updates about software, data and geographic base map files.

Collier’s ABR negotiates lease for software company

Full-service commercial real estate services firm Collier’s ABR has negotiated a 5,611-square-foot lease for the Meltwater Group, a software service company, on part of the fourth floor at 49 West 27th Street. Since doubling in size, the company had been looking to relocate from its space at 20 Jay Street in the Dumbo area of Brooklyn.