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4 The Week in Real Estate By Roland Li, Dana Rubinstein and Eliot Brown Three heavies vie for private stake of One World Trade; SL Green does two deals with the Canadians.

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international presence (Related has noted that it has offices in Chi- na and the Middle East.) He has partnered on the deal with David Levinson, chairman of L&L Prop- erties and a former office broker, and people involved say Mr. Ross has been an aggressive salesman.

• Mr. Zuckerman has pushed

his experience as a national office developer and landlord, one who works extensively with govern- ment tenants—One World Trade is slated to be more than one- third filled with federal and state offices. He nearly put up a tower on Eighth Avenue this past cycle before one of the two anchor ten- ants dropped out, and he has a significant presence in Boston and Washington.

• Mr. Durst has advertised his

company’s recent successes. He built and fully rented out two gi- ant midtown office towers, most recently the highly successful Bank of Amer- ica tower in midtown. Mr. Durst tends not to do layoffs at his company, and thus the leas-

ing and construction team that worked on Bank of America is still in place.

In late April, the race to buy a stake of One World Trade Center narrowed to three old names in New York real estate. The trio left to fight it out, down from an original six: Mort Zucker- man, Douglas Durst and Stephen Ross—the chairmen of Boston Properties, the Durst Organiza- tion and the Related Companies, respectively. Each has amassed a giant war chest intended to buy up new properties, and each pro- claims they covet the idea of being the public face for what will be the city’s tallest building. The contest is less about the fi- nancials—each has offered around $100 million in a deal that could

bring a greater return than a stan- dard equity stake—and more about bringing in a big name with the ability to score tenants and help guide construction for the government-developed building still largely known as the Freedom Tower. According to multiple people familiar with

discussions between the Port Authority, the

tower’sdeveloper,andthebidders,theirrespec-

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In effect, the Port Authority is looking for a building manager with a small stake—a household name in the real estate world who will be able to draw both international and lo- cal tenants. “We really do want a private spokesper- son for this project, and we want to know that

• Mr. Ross, the builder of the Time War- ner Center and owner of the Miami Dolphins, has positioned himself as a seasoned builder who works well with government and has an

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there’s going to be very significant allocation of time from these developers,” said Tara Sta- com, vice chairman at Cushman & Wakefield, the firm handling leasing for the tower and ad- vising on the developer sale. “This is a global icon, and we intend to brand it as such.” For Messrs. Durst and Zuckerman, the re- cent history of bidding on major public proj- ects may be troubling: Mr. Ross tends to win. Related, which seems to bid on most every large development going on in the city, edged out Mr. Durst to win control of the 26-acre West Side rail yards in 2008, and then tried to woo the tenant Mr. Durst had signed to his los- ing bid: Condé Nast. In 2005, Mr. Ross bested a bid by Mr. Zuckerman to expand Penn Station into the Farley Post Office, a project that also envisioned a new office tower. The three also once courted a single tenant in a contest a decade back, according to a New York Times article then: All three offered plans to build a tower for Random House. Again, Mr. Ross won. Here, however, he has less experience than the other two in building office towers—al- though his partner, Mr. Levinson, owns sig- nificant office space—and he also has far more going on elsewhere, which could prove a dis- traction. The next stop for the developers: the Port Authority board. The authority, which expects to take a loss on the tower given its tremen- dous $3.2 billion cost, expects that the teams will each present to board members before its June meeting, when it hopes to make a selec- tion. —Eliot Brown

SL Green Covers Deals with Maple Leaf

SL Green, New York’s largest commer- cial landlord, has found some deep-pocketed funders north of the border. The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, which manages a staggering $123.9 billion in pension money, is SL Green’s joint investment partner in two of the three significant transac- tions that the REIT announced on May 10. SL Green is selling a 45 percent interest in 1221 Avenue of the Americas to the fund for $576 million; and the fund is taking a 45 percent stake in 600 Lexington Avenue, the scraper SL Green just bought from the Cali- fornia-based Hines for $193 million. SL Green also announced a deal to acquire from Shoren- stein Properties 125 Park Avenue, overlooking Grand Central, for $330 million. The $500 million in net proceeds that SL Green said it expects to make from the 1221 Avenue of the Americas interest sale will be used in the purchases of 600 Lex and 125 Park. In a statement, SL Green’s CEO Marc Holli- day made a point of acknowledging the firm’s new partnership with the Canadians: “In the case of 600 Lexington Avenue, we hope that this transaction marks the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial relationship with CP- PIB.”

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East Harlem Project Under Way

Construction started on the first phase of a $700 million multiuse development in East Har- lem, The Real Deal reports. The development, at the corner of 125th Street and Third Avenue, will include 800 housing units, 600 of which will be for low- and middle-income families; 50,000 square feet of retail space; a 98,000-square-foot hotel; and 250,000 square feet of office space. The development has received funding from private investors as well as from the city’s De- partment of Housing Preservation and Develop- ment and the State Department of Housing and Community Renewal.

Report: Hotel Revpar Rising

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Billy Macklowe Going Solo?

Billy Macklowe is reportedly planning to leave his position running Macklowe Proper- ties, the decades-old concern formed by his father, Harry, that has experienced several financial setbacks in recent years, including the loss of the GM Building. Several sources

told Crain’s that the younger Mr. Macklowe has been scouting office space and recently reached a deal to rent at Tower 56 at 126 East 56th Street—a tower the Macklowes once owned.

JLL Tapped for 350 Madison

Jones Lang LaSalle was selected as the leasing agent for 350 Madison Avenue, a 400,000-square-foot office and retail tower. Available spaces range from 70,000 to 7,000 square feet. Landlord Kenscio Properties is renovating the property, adding a new exte- rior curtain wall and a waterfall in the lobby. Eric Reimer, Barbara Winter, Gregory Green and Mercedes Fernandez of JLL will handle the property.

J.F.K. Warehouse Groundbreaking

Developer Vista Realty Partners is set to break ground on the first industrial ware- house project at Kennedy Airport in more than a decade, reports The New York Times. The air cargo warehouse, which may include office space, will be up to 110,000 square feet on 5 acres on the northern edge of the airport. Asking rents are around $13 per square foot. The industrial market around Kennedy is one of the strongest in the world, according to Co- Star Group.

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LOOK FORWARD City Sees Flat Office rents through ’11 Within the Bloomberg admin- istration’s proposed budget,

Within the Bloomberg admin- istration’s proposed budget, released May 6 for the fiscal year starting July 1, there are some prognostica- tions about the office market for the next year: Rents have hit bottom and will stay flat, as vacancy will rise and then fall. From the budget summary, created by the Office of Management and Budget:

“While employment losses are expected to subside in 2010, there is significant risk that additional supply will cause the market to stay soft. As a result, vacancy rates will average 12.9 percent in 2010 and only gradually improve in 2011, remaining at an elevated level in the out-years as new supply comes on line. The increased vacancy rate has already caused asking rents across the primary market to fall from an average of $85 per square foot in mid-2008 to $62 per square foot in the first quarter of 2010. “As vacancy rates stabilize in 2010, asking rents are not expected to fall significantly go- ing forward, but increases are not likely either. Even though the commercial rental market appears to be nearing its trough, commercial sales are expected to improve only slightly compared to the dismal performance in 2009, when only five transactions valued at over $100 million were recorded. Weak credit markets and a general aversion to commercial real estate investment will keep investors at bay in the near term.” —Eliot Brown

Midtown at No. 26

London’s West End remains the world’s most expensive office market, but Hong Kong’s Central Business District has risen to second place, according to CB Richard El- lis. Tokyo’s Inner Central is third, Mumbai is fourth and Moscow is sixth. Midtown Man- hattan is just 26th globally, with occupancy costs at $64.51 per square foot. Overall, costs are down 4.6 percent over the 12 months end- ing on March 31. Latin America, led by Brazil, was the only region to increase in costs over that time period.

New School’s New Building

The New School will build a $353 million, 16-story building, the school’s largest con- struction project in Greenwich Village, re- ports The New York Times. The brass-and- glass tower will be at Fifth Avenue, between 13th and 14th streets, with lecture halls, an auditorium, academic spaces and a 600-bed dormitory. The school does not expect much opposition, since it is building on a site that it owns and will not have to demolish private property.

Bonds for Harlem Hotel

Former NFL star Emmitt Smith plans to build a hotel in Harlem, and city officials sup- port awarding $19.8 million in federal tax-ex- empt bonds to fund the project, reports The Wall Street Journal. The project, a 200-room luxury hotel and retail project at 125th Street and Lenox Avenue, would cost $80 million. The New York City Capital Resource Corp., controlled by Mayor Bloomberg, concluded the development team should get financing. A hearing will be held in June, followed by a for-

mal vote. Construction must being by the end of the year to qualify.

Gosin Buys Hauspurgs’ Estate

Newmark Knight Frank principal and CEO Barry Gosin bought the Westchester estate of Eastern Consolidated’s founders, Peter Haus- purg and Daun Paris, for $9.4 million, reports The Real Deal. The 26-acre parcel includes three residential buildings, a pool and a two-story pool house at 617 Croton Lake Road in Bedford Corners. Mr. Hauspurg said the property was too big for him and his wife after their children moved out. The deal closed on April 8.

after their children moved out. The deal closed on April 8. JLL Poaches Cushman The top

JLL Poaches Cushman

The top Cushman & Wakefield investment sales team of Richard Baxter, Scott Latham, Ron Cohen and Jon Caplan (pictured l-r) jumped to a similar role at Jones Lang La- Salle. At the same time, Cushman announced that Andrew Merin, a vice chairman of the firm and one of its leading investment sales brokers, would expand his team’s coverage into Manhattan.

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Spring Thaw

Discretionary sellers return! Sales activity picks up; further evidence: 1031 exchanges

ExEcutivE Summary

Sales decline was caused by sup-

ply constraint as discretionary sellers withdrew.

They’re returning as advantageous

loan terms for distressed properties

burn off or mature.

The volume of 1031 exchange pur-

chases is increasing—another sign of sales volume rising.

Sales activity could increase by at

least 40 percent this year.

underwater. These properties had

mortgage-debt balances in excess of

their value. Based upon the average reduction in value, from the 2007

peak, of 32 percent and the very high total loan-to-value ratios that were obtainable in 2005 through

2007, in both the sales and refi- nancing markets, Massey Knakal estimated that ap-

proximately 15,000 prop- erties were in this nega- tive equity or distressed position. This total repre- sented about 9 percent of the stock of 165,000 New York City properties we track on an annual basis. On these 15,000 dis-

tressed properties, there was approximately $165 billion of mortgage debt, we estimated. Based upon

current standards, with today’s values and loan-to-value ra- tios, a conservatively underwritten

much more latitude in dealing with

underwater CMBS loans. Bank regu- lators are allowing portfolio lenders to hold loans on their balance sheets at par even if they know the collater- al for the loan is worth only 60 cents on the dollar. And many transac- tions that are fundamentally under- water are still hanging on by a thread due to advan- tageous mortgage terms. These include interest- only periods during which no amortization is added to the debt service pay- ment; interest reserves upon which distressed as- sets can stay current even without sufficient current

net income; and interest

rates floating over LIBOR,

which opened the morn-

ing of May 10 at 34 basis points. For example, I analyzed a portfo- lio for a client of mine last week who paid about $100 million for a port-

folio a few years ago. The total debt is about $85 million and, today, the properties are worth about $65 mil- lion. Even with a $20 million nega- tive-equity position, the portfolio is cash-flowing because the debt is

position, the portfolio is cash-flowing because the debt is Robert Knakal Columnist W e in the

Robert Knakal

Columnist

W e in the investment-sales sec-

tor are painfully aware of the

anemic sales volume our mar-

ket experienced in 2009. The number of sales diminished from its peak by

74 percent, and the total dollar vol- ume of sales was off by 91 percent. By any measure, these figures represent- ed record lows for at least 26 years and, perhaps, longer. The perception held by many observers was that this lack of volume was caused by either

a

lack of demand or a very wide “bid-

market would have only $65 billion

ask spread,” indicating that the level

in

debt on these properties. While

this may be reality, it is clear that

of expectation of buyers and sellers was sufficiently far apart to bring a

halt to trading activity. It has been my opinion, however, that this lack of volume was caused more by supply constraint than a

$100 billion will not come out of the market in the form of losses. The reasons for this include the facts that (1) some of these proper-

ties can still cash-flow at 110 percent

lack of demand or the oft-mentioned

or

120 percent loan-to-value ratios;

bid–ask spread. There were simply

(2) some owners have alternative

not many properties for sale. Nor-

sources of capital and, if they want

mally, the supply of available prop-

to

own the asset on a long-term ba-

erties for sale is fed by discretion- ary sellers. As value began to drop in 2007, these discretionary sellers withdrew from the market. When this happens, distressed sellers usu-

sis, can feed a property that is in a negative cash-flow position; and (3) some lenders will modify loans to al- low the existing owners to hold on. Because of these possibilities, we

ally swoop in to fill the void and add supply to the market. This did not

expect total losses to reach $30 bil- lion to $40 billion. About $15 billion

happen in numbers anywhere near

in

losses have already been realized,

what most participants in the mar-

so

we should have $15 billion to $25

ket were expecting. Fortunately, today we are seeing

billion to go. So why haven’t we seen a more

a

loosening in the supply of prop-

T here was never a doubt in any-

significant flow of these distressed

Everything that has happened from

erties for sale, as distressed assets are beginning to flow in a tangible

assets in the market? The answer:

way, and discretionary sellers are

a

regulatory perspective has al-

returning to the market. In order to understand why this dynamic is occurring, we should take a look at what caused the supply constraint.

one’s mind that New York City was chock-full of investment

lowed lenders and special servicers (who are the primary holders of dis- tressed assets) to avoid having to deal with their problem properties. Changes to FASB’s mark-to-market accounting rules are one of the is- sues; another is significant modifica- tions to REMIC guidelines that pro-

properties that were fundamentally

vide servicers and special servicers

Today, the 10-year T-bill has settled back down at 3.6 per-

cent, as the turmoil overseas in Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain has cre- ated a flight to safety.

floating at 150 over LIBOR. Consid-

ering the mortgage rate is 1.84 per- cent, it is not difficult to see how pos- itive cash flow is obtained. Mortgage maturity becomes a critical factor in the fate of these properties. At ma- turity, no lender will extend and pre-

tend at such a low interest rate. As these advantageous loan terms burn off or these loans mature, it will trigger steps likely to bring dis- tressed assets to market. We are al- ready seeing this occur in a substan- tial way. Consider that Massey Knakal’s Special Assets Group has completed the valuation of nearly 1,200 pieces

of underlying collateral for suspect loans on behalf of lenders and spe- cial servicers thus far in this cycle. From September 2008 through Sep- tember 2009, we obtained just 12 disposition assignments within this sector. Since then, we have been re- tained to sell 78 distressed assets. These assignments have included note sales, short sales and REO sales. Clearly, this increase in distressed- asset flow is palpable.

T he reasons for this increased flow are numerous. Profits at banks have been enormous,

as the Fed’s highly accommodative monetary policy is allowing for the recapitalization of the banking in- dustry. These profits have allowed lenders to incrementally write down bad loans, making it less pain- ful to dispose of distressed assets. As we have been in the downswing of the cycle for more than two years now, we are seeing advantageous loan terms burning off, prompting action. Many foreclosure actions are beginning to run their course, allow- ing lenders to offer deeds on their distressed assets. Note sales are also gaining in popularity, as lenders and special servicers are becoming in- creasingly frustrated with the cum- bersome foreclosure process in New York. This can take two, three or even four years to complete. Lenders and special servicers that operate in states like Texas and Georgia, where the foreclosure process can be com- pleted in 30 to 90 days, can’t fathom the length of the process here. When they become aware of the significant recoveries possible relative to col- lateral value, a note sale becomes an easy decision. While we are seeing a solid in- crease in the supply of distressed assets, we believe this flow could in- crease substantially if interest rates rise. Many economists argue that the Fed’s exit from the marketplace would increase rates. When the Fed ceased its asset-buying program, which created $1.25 trillion of mort- gage-backed securities and treasury sales, we saw the 10-year T-bill rise from about 3.5 percent to more than 4 percent. About two weeks ago, the Fed announced that a second meth- od of exit would begin soon, as it em- barks on a program to sell nearly $1

trillion of assets over an extended pe- riod. This would normally exert up- ward pressure on rates. Today, the 10-year has settled back down at 3.6 percent, as the turmoil overseas in Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain has created a flight to safety, and the U.S. T-bill is at the top of that list. It will be interesting to see if the recent announcement of an E.U. bailout abates some of this de- mand for quality and safety. The fundamentals within the mar- ket appear to be improving, as posi- tive absorption in residential and commercial buildings have caused concessions to be reduced, and rents have appeared to stabilize. These improving fundamentals have cre- ated incentive for some discretion- ary sellers to add to the supply of available properties for sale. We are seeing the results of this discretion- ary selling reflected in the increase in 1031 exchange activity. Distressed selling produces no 1031 activity, as there is simply no equity to rein- vest. Discretionary selling produces residual equity, which produces ex- change transactions. This activity had all but evaporated over the past couple of years, but has come roar- ing back based upon the return of discretionary sellers to the market. The increases in the supply of properties available for sale, from both distressed and discretionary sellers, have thus far been met step- for-step by the excessive demand present in the market. New York families and high-net-worth inves- tors, both domestic and foreign, have been joined by a resurgence of institutional capital, creating tre- mendous demand. Now, 1031 buyers have joined the party. These dynamics bode well for the balance of 2010 and substantiates the projection we made at the end of last year, that sales activity would increase by at least 40 percent this year. This would be a welcome oc- currence for those of us who lived through 2009 and rely on transaction volume for our livelihood. rknakal@masseyknakal.com

Robert Knakal is the chairman and founding partner of Massey Knakal Realty Services and has brokered the sale of more than 1,050 properties in his career.

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The Mayor’s New Budget and the Next Moves

Service cuts abound—understandably—in Bloomberg’s $62.9 B. proposal

ExEcutivE Summary

Mayor’s proposed $62.9 B. FY 2011

budget included cuts and higher fees for services.

City expenses for the current year

projected to be $523 million lower than forecast.

The mayor has not pushed for tar-

geted tax increases on higher incomes to go along with the cuts.

He’s right to have not: High-income

New Yorkers can split the city.

bills since the March 31 deadline for

a formal budget. Governor Paterson

has threatened to furlough state em- ployees.

Governor Paterson’s office has questioned whether the mayor’s pro- posed cutbacks are necessary. Hard

hit by the downturn on Wall Street, and as a result of the proposed state funding cut, the city would face an

even larger spending pullback were it not for its relatively more disci- plined management of the public fi-

nances to date. In 2008, the city had

a cumulative surplus of $8 billion,

built up during six years when city

operations were in the black. Although not meeting the requests of every con- stituency, the mayor has been a very able steward of our public purse when few others can say the same. And he has remained pru- dent through the down- turn: Total city expenses for the current year are projected to be $523 mil-

lion lower than forecast in January. The city is in im-

measurably better health than during the fiscal crisis of 1975 and the creation of the Mu- nicipal Finance Assistance Corpora- tion (MAC).

T he dramatic and often trag-

ic events unfolding in Greece

have highlighted that the cur-

rent debt crisis is not isolated to the

world’s private borrowers. In Europe and in the United States, governments at all levels are having to grap- ple with the consequences of long-standing fiscal mis- management just as house- holds and commercial real estate investors are ad- justing their own balance sheets. While recent weeks’ at- tention has been focused

on Europe and the poten- tial for the Olive Belt’s cri- sis to spill over into global financial markets, our own fiscal challeng- es have been coming to a head on a smaller scale here at home. In the shadows of Greek protests and the stock market roller-coaster ride, the budgetary hurdles still facing New York City were made apparent last week, when the mayor kicked off the next fiscal year’s budget debate. Our city faces a deficit for the up- coming fiscal year, and our elected officials must determine how to close the gap. And so the mayor’s $62.9 billion fiscal year 2011 budget pro- posal, unveiled May 6, includes myr- iad cuts to city services and higher fees for a host of public services. The city’s teaching rolls may lose as many as 6,400 educators through a combination of attrition and layoffs. In sum total, the budget proposal re- duces city expenditures by just over $600 million, or 1 percent of current spending. As the mayor’s office has been quick to point out, the city’s pre- dicament follows in part from even deeper cuts in Albany. Grappling with a gaping $9 billion budget shortfall, the governor has proposed a $1.3 billion reduction in state sup- port for the city. The state’s new fis- cal year began on April 1, but dis- agreements in the state capital have precluded passage of a budget in the

Legislature. The state has been op- erating under emergency spending

The state has been op- erating under emergency spending Sam Chandan Columnist T o ensure that

Sam Chandan

Columnist

T o ensure that the city can ulti- mately return to fiscal balance, the mayor has had to embrace

politically unpalatable reductions in services, including the aforemen- tioned pruning of the teaching ranks. And while cuts to libraries, seniors centers and fire companies have served to contain the city’s shortfall, they have not been matched with corresponding tax increases. Given the current political cli- mate, the absence of targeted tax in- creases for high-income earners and profitable financial-services firms has prompted suggestions of bias. On Friday, The Wall Street Journal quoted City Councilman Brad Land- er as saying that “the mayor is ask- ing children, seniors and families to do all the sacrificing. … The only people the mayor is not asking to share in the sacrifice are the Wall Street banks and hedge funds that cause[d] the economic mess to be- gin with—he’s taking great pains to defend them.” Mr. Lander’s viewpoint is not unique to this cycle. In his trea- tise on local public finance, “How to Have a Fiscal Crisis,” eminent Wharton finance professor Robert Inman described a recurring theme in the life of our nation’s most ven-

Michael Bloomberg.
Michael Bloomberg.

erable cities: “Stagnant or declin- ing private economies create unique pressures on local public officials:

hard-pressed taxpayers, concerned investors, worried public employ- ees, and needy residents each make their claim to a share of the shrink- ing real resource base.” But the mayor is right to avoid seeking an increase in taxes on the city’s highest income earners. While it may seem intuitive that our most well-heeled citizens should contrib- ute even more to the public purse, economics and history show us that following this intuition will under- mine the city and its tax base. Even when imperfectly mobile, house- holds and firms respond to increases in local taxes by locating to other ju- risdictions. Redistributive taxes can- not be implemented at the local lev- el without some loss of the tax base. Mayor Bloomberg describes this readily observable economic phe- nomenon in clear terms: “At some point, you drive them out.”

The New York Fed’s Andrew Haughwout, along with Professor Inman and other colleagues, de- scribes the need for forethought in considering tax increases for high income earners, pointing out that “… elected state and city officials must

At least at the local level, tak- ing from Peter to give to Paul may leave us all wanting.

recognize the reality of city revenue constraints. A city’s revenue capac- ity is limited by the mobility of its residents and firms.” In New York City, the mobility of wealthy households is very high given a plethora of options—from Westchester to Connecticut to New Jersey—where the tax-for-service trade-off may be more favorable giv- en any family’s particular circum-

stances. And so in their analysis of the re- lationship between taxes and rev- enues in New York City, Philadel- phia, Houston and Minneapolis, Mr. Haughwout and his colleagues con- clude that “tax increases unmatched by tax-financed, compensating ser- vice benefits for taxpayers—wheth- er property owners, consumers, or firms—will drive those taxpay- ers from the city. Property values fall, business sales decline and the city’s job base shrinks. To protect city economies, a dollar of taxes paid must be matched by a compensating dollar of public services received.” At least at the local level, taking from Peter to give to Paul may leave us all wanting. schandan@rcanalytics.com

Sam Chandan, Ph.D., is global chief economist and executive vice presi- dent of Real Capital Analytics and an adjunct professor of real estate at Wharton.

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tHe op-ed paGe

How Government Could Muck Up the Recovery

Industry must watch actions in D.C., Albany and downtown

ExEcutivE Summary

There are signs of recovery in the New York

real estate market.

But there are still signs of strug-

gle, including higher vacancies and a dearth in financing.

Government actions on FIRPTA,

421a and wages could hinder or

help nascent recovery.

is essential that our industry continues to be vigilant—in Washington, in Albany and in City Hall—on legislative matters to promote a business climate that encourages new investment and economic ac- tivity. New York City’s unemployment rate declined in March to 10 percent from 10.2 percent, and job losses ap- pear to have abated. Further, our job losses (169,000, according to New York City’s Office of Management and Budget) were significantly low- er than the 250,000 projected last year, resulting in a less significant impact on our local economy.

According to the New York City Independent Budget Office (IBO), these fewer job losses are partly the result of structural changes in the composition of our local employ-

ment. Health and education com- prise a larger share of our city’s employment and appear comparatively recession-proof.

employment and appear comparatively recession-proof. Steven Spinola Guest Columnist N ew York City’s real

Steven Spinola

Guest

Columnist

N ew York City’s real estate market has shown signs of recovery from the global

economic crisis that rocked our city and industry at the end of 2008. However, our return to the prosperity of a few years ago fac- es serious challenges, as the failed bombing in Times Square and the Dow’s nearly 1,000-point plunge last week should remind us.

Government actions in our control, from tax policy to business regula- tions, could propel or derail our recovery. It

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By RolaNd li

i t’s all about the numbers this week: world- wide office rents, listings, housing permits and employment.

ReBNy (@rebny)

looks at housing per- mits.

and employment. ReBNy (@rebny) looks at housing per- mits. CB Richard ellis (@cbrenyc) ranks the Manhattan’s

CB Richard ellis (@cbrenyc) ranks the

Manhattan’s

326

new

housing

permits

issued

in

March

is

the

borough’s

highest

world’s office properties.

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Cushman & wakefield (@Cushwak-

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Massey knakal (@masseknakal) has

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monthly total in the past 9 months. 11:30 AM May 7th via HootSuite

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eastern Consolidated (@eastern-

consol) sees sublease space disappearing.

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first quarter http://bit.ly/bDvh64 7:23 AM May 4th via web Newmark knight Frank (@New- m a r

Newmark knight Frank (@New-

markkF) tackles unemployment.

USDOL reported 444,000 initial #unemploy- ment claims for week ending May 1, a decrease of 7,000 from last week. http://tiny.cc/z9xbi 7:28 AM May 6th via web

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the Op-ed page

Also, the Federal Reserve’s financial- stabilization package has lessened the recession’s impact on New York. Modest job growth is returning to our city. Employment figures for March indicate a growth of 28,000 jobs (not seasonally adjusted), the second month in a row of growth. The positive change in employment will slowly trickle through our local economy. An important indicator of an improving office market has been the steady decline of available sub- let space. This has helped stabilize the vacancy rate (13.5 percent) and the average asking rent ($50.41) in Manhattan. We have begun to see some owners increase asking rents for high-end space. However, we will need sustained employment growth for more significant office leasing and rent increases to occur. New York’s office market remains the strongest in the nation, according to the mayor’s executive budget docu- ments released last week. As tourists continue to flock to our city, hotel occupancy levels re- main high, and leisure and hospi- tality employment continue to rise. These visitors and an improving economy have contributed to the improvement we are seeing in the

retail market. In March, national re- tail sales were up 7.6 percent over last year and up 1.6 percent month on month. New York City retail em- ployment in March was up 1.4 per- cent year on year. Similarly, April’s consumer confidence index was at its highest since September 2008. As a result, REBNY’s Spring Re- tail Report notes that average ask- ing rents have started to increase in most of the retail corridors we sur- veyed. Likewise, homes sales in New York City in the first quarter of 2010 are up 52 percent over the past year, signaling that economic activity is returning.

O ur economy and the real estate

market are still fragile. Many

parts of our economy are still

suffering from the devastating im- pacts of the national recession. We are not expected to return to the em- ployment levels of 2008 for anoth- er three years. The budget deficits at the national, state and local level and the prospect of higher taxes are casting a cloud over our recovery. Office rents are down 25 percent from the peak, and vacancy rates are nearly twice as high today from the peak of the market, in 2008. Large of-

fice-building sales have been virtual- ly nonexistent for the most part since 2008, and financing has been largely unavailable for these transactions, which have in the past generated significant transaction tax revenue. In 2009, New York City transaction (transfer and mortgage recording) tax revenue was $1.25 billion, down

Our economy and the real estate market are still frag- ile. Many parts of our econ- omy are still suffering from devastating impacts of the national recession. We are not expected to return to the employment levels of 2008 for another three years.

$2 billion (62 percent) from 2007. To avoid losing the momentum we are generating, we need to make sure that government proposals to address budget deficits do not de- press our nascent recovery. REBNY has been engaged in a wide range of

legislative matters to sustain eco- nomic growth. In Washington, we have called for amendments to the Foreign Invest- ment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRP- TA), which imposes a gains tax on non-U.S. buyers of real estate. Elimi- nating the gains tax on such transac- tions would provide more liquidity in the market. The proposal to tax the profits distributed to the entity that arranges funding and manages a real estate project, usually the gen- eral partner, at the ordinary income tax rate, not at the capital-gains rate, would impose higher taxes on this crucial real-estate–related activity. This proposed change in the “car- ried interest tax” would weaken our recovery. In Albany, as part of the budget negotiations, the governor has pro- posed legislation that would de- fer 50 percent of certain tax credits that would be used or refunded over the next three years. This deferral would apply to almost all tax cred- its, including brownfields, rehabili- tation of historic properties, green buildings and low-income housing. This deferral is effectively a tax in- crease and could jeopardize the de- velopment of numerous projects

whose funding has been contingent on the receipt of the credits. We also need Albany to extend the 421a par- tial tax exemption program for new residential construction. We are rec- ommending modest amendments to provide a catalyst for developments stalled since 2008; to induce the con- version of obsolete office buildings to residential use; and to offer build- ing owners a reduction in taxes for keeping low-income units in 80/20 projects permanently affordable. At City Hall, the City Council in- troduced a bill that would mandate the payment of a prevailing wage to building workers if a developer re- ceives any tax benefit from the city. This bill would seriously undermine the value of the tax exemption that is critical to new development and ma- jor renovation projects. As the real estate market slowly improves, it will continue to need the help of government to lower taxes, remove restrictions for investment and provide the needed stimulus for the economic activity that does so much to fund the services that are crucial to our city’s future.

Steven Spinola is the president of the Real Estate Board of New York.

is the president of the Real Estate Board of New York. the commercial observer | observer.com

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know a little bit about bankruptcy, which is among the subjects to be discussed when the New York Soci- ety of Security Analysts convenes for a mirth-filled seminar on invest- ing in distressed and defaulted debt and the basics of bankruptcy. Pull up a chair, Greek President Karolos Papoulias! … Juicy nuggets abound when the Real Estate Board of New York hosts its regular “Inside Se- crets of Top Brokers” seminar. … Apparently the first glimpse of sun- light inspired not a few office-dwell- ing real estate professionals to train their eyes on the High Line, Manhat- tan’s newest park. Indeed, not only are the women of NYCREW hosting an event at the elevated park, but so, too, are the gents and damsels of the National Arts Club. The only differ- ence is that the National Arts Club folks will discuss the spot from the comfort of their office. … The Real

tweet about it on your smart phone. … Dig out your cummerbunds and dinner jackets from the closet when the New York Building Congress honors Douglas Durst, Matthew Goldstein of CUNY and godfather of mouthpieces Howard Ruben- stein at its 89th Annual Leadership Awards. Mr. Rubenstein, we pre- sume, will do most of the speaking, considering that he reps most of the people in attendance. … And finally, after a day spent gallivanting, do something good for a change by at- tending the fifth annual benefit for “Matt’s Promise,” a charity working

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to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. If being good isn’t reason enough, then go just to see Platinum- selling rockers the Fray perform at the event. [New York Society of Security Analysts seminar, 1540 Broadway, 1 p.m., register at www.nyssa.org; Real Estate Board of New York “In- side Secrets of Top Brokers” series, Mendik Education Center, 570 Lex- ington Avenue, call 212-532-3100 for more info; National Arts Club High Line discussion, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, 8 p.m., log on to www.nationalartsclub.org for more info; Real Estate Academy “continuing education” conference, the Graduate School of Business at Touro College, 65 Broadway, 9 a.m., call Edreana at 212-262-2662 or

By Jotham SederStrom

WedNeSday, may 12

Even five years ago, hauling a gaggle of successful real estate pro- fessionals to an abandoned elevat- ed freight railroad would’ve been

a recipe for disaster. But when the

New York Commercial Real Estate Women descend on the High Line for a private tour of Manhattan’s newest park, expect nothing short of glamour. … With most brokers pub-

licly acknowledging that the worst of the recession is behind them, it seems a bit odd that yet another real estate group is hosting yet another forum about the downturn. But give the folks at the B’nai B’rith Real Es- tate Unit a break when they host its “Surviving and Flourishing in the Downturn” seminar. After all, it’s the only thing anybody really wants to talk about, right? … Referrals, short sales and getting more bang from your listings will be discussed—by real estate trainer Debra Asher, no less—during this seminar hosted by Charles Rutenberg Realty and Continental Home Loans as part of its Professional Education series.

… When, in 1975, the New York

State Supreme Court struck down Grand Central’s landmark status, the Municipal Art So- ciety and Jacqueline Kenne- dy Onassis went into action, sparking a campaign that would eventually save the vaunted ter- minal from becoming an office tower for Penn Central Railroad. So it’s no surprise that each Wednesday the talented MAS guides return to the scene of near disaster for an informative tour of the terminal’s magnifi- cent Beaux-Arts interiors. [New York Commercial Real Estate Women High Line tour, Ganesevoort Entrance at Wash- ington Street, 6 p.m., register at www.nycrew.org/events; B’nai B’rith “Surviving and Flourishing in the Downtown” seminar, Cornell Club, 6 East 44th Street, noon, call Aracelis Kuilan at 212-885-7239 or email her at akuilan@bdo.com for more info; Continental Home Loans “Real Es-

tate Professional Education” series, Holiday Inn at MacArthur Airport, 3845 Veterans Memorial Highway, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., 8:30 a.m., call 516-575-7500 for more info; Munic- ipal Art Society Grand Cen- tral walking tour, meet at info booth, main concourse, Grand Central Terminal, 12:30 p.m., www.mas.org]

concourse, Grand Central Terminal, 12:30 p.m., www.mas.org] Estate Academy , the storied private boys school that

Estate Academy, the storied private boys school that inspired Dead Po-

et’s Society and most of the films by John Hughes, (pictured) is hosting a “continuing education conference” in which current real estate trends will be discussed. Expect laughs, followed by deep and profound in- sight, when the group meets today at Touro College in Lower Manhat- tan and again on May 17 and 19. … Afterward, stick around the school, grab a cup of coffee and check your Facebook page for a few hours un- til a free semi- nar, “Using Technology and Social

Network-

ing to Mar- ket Your- self,” begins where the continuing education confer- ence left off. Later, you’ll be able to

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thUrSday, may 13

What do Six Flags Amuse- ment Park and the entire country of Greece have in common, besides be- ing tourist magnets? Well, for starters, both entities

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p.m.,callMichaelSpampinatoat212-

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SatUrday, may 15

How better to enjoy a Saturday afternoon than with a tour of the Greenwich Village townhouse acci- dentally blown up by members of the radical Weather Underground and the popular bars where leading art- ists of the ’50s and ’60s shared their venereal diseases? If that’s your poi- son, then the radical tour guides of the Municipal Art Society are at the ready with a “Radical Greenwich Vil- lage” walking tour. [Municipal Art Society “Radical Greenwich Village” walking tour, meet under the arch at Washington Square Park, 11 a.m., call 212-935-2075 or log on to www.mas.org for more info]

SUNday, may 16

If beat poetry and abstract art isn’t your thing, the guides at the Municipal Art Society have an alter- native in its tour of Staten Island’s historic St. George neighborhood. With monumental Beaux-Arts Stat- en Island Borough Hall and nearby Richmond County Courthouse, at- tendees will be forgetting that bad acid in no time. [Municipal Art Society “Sunday in St. George” walking tour, meet at the top of the escalators at Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Battery Park, 12:45 p.m., call 212-935-2075 or log on to www.mas.org for more info]

moNday, may 17

Real Estate lenders will be do- ing what they do best—shmoozing, presumably—when members of the Real Estate Lenders Association tee up at the group’s annual golf out- ing. Caddies, be warned: That tip may actually be a high-interest loan. … Meanwhile, those persistent folks at the Appraisal Institute are at it again, this time with a course on

General Demonstration Appraisal Writing. Have fun with that. [Real Estate Lenders Associa- tion Golf Outing, Metropolis Country Club, 289 Dobbs Ferry Road, White Plains, N.Y., 9:30 a.m., email head- quarters@rela.org for more info; Appraisal Institute “General Demon- stration Appraisal Writing” course, Marriott Residence Inn, 9 Gerhard Road, Plainview, N.Y., 8 a.m., call 516-248-8964 for more info]

tUeSday, may 18

Members of the Port Author- ity and Regional Plan Association will discuss findings in the recently released Urban Land Institute-Ernst and Young 2010 Report. They’ll also be discussing updates on the New York Regional Infrastructure Proj- ects report when the Urban Land In- stitute hosts its “Laying the Founda- tion for Growth” seminar… The Real Estate Board of New York will be dis- cussing lease renewal negotiations, which, as any skilled broker knows is the bread and butter for any success- ful real estate professional. Steve Durels of SL Green and Mitch Kon- sker of Cushman & Wakefield will speak alongside others… The Na- tional Realty Club will hold its reg- ular luncheon as it welcomes TBD Holdings… To understand New York City, one might reason, you need to start with Lower Manhattan. With that in mind, the guides of the Mu- nicipal Art Society are continuing the non-profit’s weekly Downtown walking tour, which will most defi- nitely include visits to Wall Street and at least a few old churches. [Urban Land Institute “Laying the Foundation for Growth” seminar, the Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, log on to http://newyork.uli.org/ for more info; Real Estate Board of New York “Lease Renewal Negotiations” seminar, Mendik Education Center, 570 Lexington Avenue, 8 a.m., www. rebny.com; National Realty Club lun- cheon, the Friars Club, 57 East 55th Street, noon, log on to www.nation- alrealtyclub.com/events for more info; Municipal Art Society “Down- town, Where New York Began” walk- ing tour, meet at the Downtown Info Center, 55 Exchange Place, Suite 401, 12:30 p.m., www.mas.org]

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Lease Beat

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lEaSE oF THE WEEK

lEaSE oF THE WEEK

three Hedge Funds take Prebuilt spaces at Blackstone’s 717 Fifth

three Hedge Funds take Prebuilt spaces at Blackstone’s 717 Fifth

ners signed a lease for five years for 4,177 square feet on the 14th floor. Gary Kamenetsky of CB Richard Ellis rep- resented the tenant, which last leased at 599 Lexington Avenue. Berens Capital took 8,476 square feet on the 12th floor for seven years. Brad Needle- man and Ben Fried- land of CB Richard Ellis represented the ten- ant, which moved from 1 Rockefeller Plaza. Zachary Freeman, Brian Hay, Robert Stillman and Robert Alexander of CB Rich- ard Ellis represented the landlord in all three transactions.

717 Fifth Avenue A trio of hedge funds have signed leases at 717 Fifth Avenue, each taking prebuilt spaces with asking rents of $75 per square foot. All will have relocat- ed by May to the tower controlled by the Black- stone Group (an SL Green partnership owns an interest in floors one through four). Boston Provident took 4,346 square feet for five years on the 12th floor. The firm will move from 600 Madison Av- enue this month. Chris Whitman of Lincoln Properties represented the tenant. Berchwood Part-

from 600 Madison Av- enue this month. Chris Whitman of Lincoln Properties represented the tenant. Berchwood

11 times square Nears First Major Lease: Proskauer Rose

11 Times Square The law firm Proskauer Rose is poised to be- come the first tenant in the empty 1.1 million– square–foot tower built on spec by Steve Pozy- cki’s SJP Properties at 11 Times Square, taking 380,000 square feet, or about 40 percent of the building. Other companies want to build an aquar- ium as a tourist attraction in the lower floors. Proskauer is currently at 1585 Broadway, at Morgan Stanley’s world headquarters, and the bank is offering Proskauer a subsidy to vacate that building’s 12th floor. CB Richard Ellis is representing both the land- lord and the tenant. The New York Times’ Charles Bagli reported the pending lease on May 7.

Times ’ Charles Bagli reported the pending lease on May 7. salad Wizard Chop’t taking space

salad Wizard Chop’t taking space at Rudin’s 80 Pine

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Orianne Collins Picks 655 Madison for First U.S. Store

li Orianne Collins Picks 655 Madison for First U.S. Store 655 Madison Avenue The Swiss jewelry

655 Madison Avenue The Swiss jewelry designer—and, for those who care, Phil Collins’ ex—Ori- anne Collins will open her first U.S. re- tail store at 655 Madison Avenue. Ms. Collins’ company has signed a long-term lease for 3,400 square feet, including two levels of retail space that will house the “O.C. Concept Store.” The store is slated to open in the fall, across the street from Barneys New York. “We were pleased to help secure the perfect location for Orianne Collins’ U.S.

retail debut,” said Dan Harroch, direc- tor of PBS Real Estate, which represent- ed the tenant. “As designers look to real estate as a means to build brand image, neighboring retailers such as Barneys, Baccarat, Hermés and the Pierre Hotel make this an excellent opportunity to market to the savvy luxury consumer.” The building is owned by a partner- ship of the principals of the old First- Service Williams, according to the Post’s Steve Cuozzo, who had news of a lease last month.

Office Furnisher Gets New Office; Takes Two Floors at 1140 Sixth

1140 Sixth Avenue OfficeLinks, deliverer of furnished offic- es and meeting rooms, took 24,000 square feet at Stellar Management and Rockpoint Group’s 1140 Sixth Avenue, its fourth Man- hattan location. The lease is for the 9th and 10th floors in the 22-story building, and is the company’s second midtown location. Steven Strati and Phil Amarante of Cush- man & Wakefield represented the tenant. “OfficeLinks has been very strategic and selective on a location and property-specific basis,” said Mr. Amarante, who described the deal as adding “another premier property to the firm’s portfolio, boasting quality office space in the heart of midtown with direct ac- cess to all mass transit, restaurants and pub- lic amenities like Bryant Park.”

restaurants and pub- lic amenities like Bryant Park.” Deutsche Spinoff Signs First Lease Since 681 Fifth

Deutsche Spinoff Signs First Lease Since 681 Fifth Renovation

681 Fifth Avenue Global Thematic Partners, a spinoff of Deutsche Asset Management, signed the first lease at the newly renovated 681 Fifth Avenue. The firm will occupy 5,835 square feet, the entire 12th floor of the 18-story property owned by Metropole Re- alty Advisors. Tommy Hilfiger occupies the bot- tom six stories of the building. Mitchell Konsker, Matthew Astrachan, Robert Gallucci and Scott Silverstein of Cushman & Wake- fieldrepresentedthelandlord.MichaelMovshovich of CB Richard Ellis represented the tenant.

of CB Richard Ellis represented the tenant. Scoop! Häagen- Dazs Comes to N.Y.U.-Ville With Two-Floor

Scoop! Häagen- Dazs Comes to N.Y.U.-Ville With Two-Floor Spot

55 East Eighth Street Washington Square Park is about to get sweeter. Häagen-Dazs will occupy 1,824 square feet, split between the ground floor and the lower level, on 55 East Eighth Street. The building, along a retail strip between University Place and Broadway, already has a Chipotle and a Cosi inside. The ice cream chain will open during the summer, and faces competition from the nearby Coldstone Brewery on Broadway, as well as from Ben & Jerry’s on Third Avenue. Beth Rosen and Ross Berkowitz of Robert K. Futterman & Associates, with Jennifer Watson and Phil Baugh of Baum Realty, represented the tenant. Bruce Spiegel and William Bergman of Rose Associates represented the landlord, Uni- way Partners.

Associates represented the landlord, Uni- way Partners . Art Gallery Grows in Orchard Street Condo for
Associates represented the landlord, Uni- way Partners . Art Gallery Grows in Orchard Street Condo for
Associates represented the landlord, Uni- way Partners . Art Gallery Grows in Orchard Street Condo for

Art Gallery Grows in Orchard Street Condo for $76 a Foot

30 Orchard Street

RentalArtGallerytookthe2,175-square-

foot commercial ground space at 30 Orchard Street, a new condo building on the Lower East Side. The space will feature 20-foot ceil- ings, skylights and bare walls to display art- work. The rent is $76 per square foot. Tony Gaskin and Lesley Steiner of Cen- tury 21 NY Metro represented the tenant. Joshua John of 8x8 Construction repre- sented the landlord.

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MANHATTAN - Office

 

sq. Feet

teNaNt

laNdlORd

BROKeRs

40

West 57th street

44,034

elliott associates

sl Green

Elliott Associates signed a 15-year lease, according to Crain’s. Newmark Knight Frank’s Chris Mongeluzo represented the tenant. Landlord the LeFrak Organization was repped by Howard Fiddle and Zachary Freeman of CB Richard Ellis.

   

Parsons transpor-

 

Parsons Transportation Group signed a 10-year lease. John Maher and Gerry Miovski of CB Richard Ellis represented the tenant. Patrick Dugan, Edward Goldman, Scott Gottlieb, and Scott Sloves, also of CB Richard Ellis, repped landlord Hiro Real Estate.

100

Broadway

48,213

tation Group

Hiro Real estate

475

10th avenue

18,500

livePerson, Inc.

n/a

LivePerson, Inc. signed a 10-year lease. The asking rent was $35 a square foot. Michael Kaufman and Grant Greenspan of the Kaufman Organization represented the tenant; Kristin Fisher of the Adler Group represented the landlord.

1407 Broadway

18,000

KBl Group Interna- tional limited

1407 Broadway Real estate llC

KBL Group International Limited signed a six-year lease, according to Crain’s. Savitt Partners’ Marc Schoen represent- ed the tenant. Landlord 1407 Broadway Real Estate LLC was repped by the Kaufman Organization’s Grant Greenspan and Sommer Scafidi.

11 east 26th street

12,000

Bluewolf Inc.

n/a

Bluewolf Inc. signed a 12-year lease, according to Crain’s. Adams & Co’s James Buslik and Jeffrey Schwartz represent- ed both the landlord and the tenant.

461

Fifth avenue

7,134

U.s. Bank National association

sl Green

U.S. Bank National Association signed a seven-month lease for the entire 16th floor. Michael Burlant of Cushman & Wakefield represented the tenant.

540

Madison avenue

6,950

sK telecom

Boston Properties

SK Telecom signed a five-year lease. The tenant was represented by Matt Leon of Newmark Knight Frank. Cynthia Was- serberger, Randy Abend and Amanda Saltzman of Jones Lang LaSalle represented building owner Boston Properties.

540

Madison avenue

6,950

Molo lamken llP

Boston Properties

Molo Lamken LLP signed a five-year lease. The tenant was represented by Jarod Stern of Studley. Cynthia Wasserberg- er, Randy Abend and Amanda Saltzman of Jones Lang LaSalle represented building owner Boston Properties.

655

Madison avenue

6,800

Kayne anderson

Plaza Madison as- sociates

Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors signed a 10-year lease. David Rosenbloom of Cushman & Wakefield represented the tenant; landlord Plaza Madison Associates was repped by Colliers International.

 

Capital advisors

885

second avenue

6,150

World Health Orga- nization

Ruben Cos.

The World Health Organization signed a 10-year lease. Cassidy Turley represented the tenant. Landlord the Ruben Cos. was represented in-house.

   

Global thematic

Metropole Realty

Global Thematic Partners, an investment management firm, signed a lease for the entire 12th floor. The tenant was represented by Michael Movshovich of CB Richard Ellis. Cushman & Wakefield’s Mitchell Konsker, Matthew Astrachan, Robert Gallucci and Scott Silverstein repped the owner.

681

Fifth avenue

5,835

Partners

advisors

   

Bloomsburg Carpet

twenty three R.P. associates

Bloomsburg Carpet Industries Inc. signed a five-year lease. The asking rent was $30 a square foot. James Buslik and Alan Bonett of Adams & Co represented both the tenant and the landlord.

49

West 23rd street

5,594

Industries Inc.

75

Worth street

5,500

the New York eye and ear Infirmary

Jodi Richard

The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary signed a 15-year lease, according to Crain’s. Ripco Real Estate Corp’s Brad Cohen represented the tenant; the landlord was repped by Sinvin Realty’s Michelle Stone.

   

Christopher spitz-

abraham + Martin Midtown Manage- ment

Christopher Spitzmiller Inc. signed a 10-year lease.

248

West 35th street

4,500

miller Inc.

231

West 39th street

4,000

Cullen, Inc.

231/249 West 39 street associates

Cullen, Inc. signed a seven-year lease. The asking rent was $35 a square foot. James Buslik and Jeffrey Buslik of Ad- ams & Co represented both the tenant and the landlord.

   

edelman Financial

 

Edelman Financial Services LLC signed a five-year lease for 3,200 square feet. The tenant was represented by John Termini with CB Richard Ellis. Cynthia Wasserberger, Randy Abend and Amanda Saltzman of Jones Lang LaSalle repre- sented the landlord.

540

Madison avenue

3,200

services llC

Boston Properties

10

West 33rd street

3,016

Hosiery Network,

ten West thirty third associates

Hosiery Network, Inc. signed a 10-year lease. The asking rent was $36 a square foot. David Levy of Adams & Co. repre- sented both the tenant and the landlord.

Inc.

750

lexington avenue

3,000

Bryan, Garnier & Co.

Cohen Brothers

Bryan, Garnier & Co. signed a four-year lease, according to Crain’s. Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Amy Murawski repre- sented the tenant. Landlord Cohen Brothers Realty Corp. was repped by Adam Karafiol in-house.

 

Realty Corp.

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MANHATTAN - Office

 

sQ. Feet

tenant

landlORd

BROKeRs

   

eisenman associ-

 

Eisenman Associates signed a lease on the 22nd floor. Michael Rouzenrouch of Myriad Realty represented the tenant; ABS Partners repped the landlord.

401

Broadway

2,349

ates

n/a

   

the Confidas

680 Fifth avenue associates

The Confidas Group USA signed a 10-year lease. Byrnam Wood’s Benjamin Mohr and Gordon Ogden represented the tenant. The landlord was repped by Brian Gell and Brian Hay of CB Richard Ellis.

680

Fifth avenue

2,300

Group Usa

291

Broadway

2,100

lattice engines

n/a

Software firm Lattice Engines signed a three-year lease. David Gomez of GlenMark Realty represented both the land- lord and the tenant.

450

seventh avenue

1,600

MaRV Capital

the Kaufman Or- ganization

MARV Capital signed a three-year lease on the sixth floor. Brendan Mahoney of CSCommercial Group represented the tenant. Landlord the Kaufman Organization was repped in-house by Barbara Raskob.

   

Charmed acces-

ten West thirty third associates

Charmed Accessories signed a six-year lease. The asking rent was $36 a square foot. David Levy of Adams & Co. repre- sented both the tenant and the landlord.

10

West 33rd street

1,334

sories

401

Broadway

782

Barbara Probst

n/a

Photographer Barbara Probst signed a lease on the 11th floor. Adams & Co. represented the tenant. ABS Partners repped the landlord.

OUTeR BOROUGHS — Office

 

sQ. Feet

tenant

landlORd

BROKeRs

85

Wythe street (Brook-

 

Colossal Media

 

Colossal Media Group, a hand-paint advertising company, signed a seven-year lease. Jacques Wadler and Vincent Lo- pez of Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates represented both the owner and the tenant.

lyn)

7,500

Group

Wythe, llC

55

Washington street

 

the International

two trees Man- agement

Jennifer Rhodes of Ideal Properties Group represented the tenant. Landlord Two Trees Management was repped in- house by Natalie Ungari.

(Brooklyn)

1,258

legal Foundation

ltd.

   

55

Washington street

 

Ferreira Construc- tion Co. Inc.

two trees Man- agement

 

(Brooklyn)

1,253

Elizabeth Cottrill of Two Trees Management brokered the deal.

55

Washington street

   

two trees Man- agement

Quint & Quint, a direct marketing design studio, signed a three-year lease. Caroline Pardo repped landlord Two Trees Management in-house.

(Brooklyn)

1,093

Quint & Quint

55

Washington street

1,072

Rubber Band Inter- national llC

two trees Man- agement

Rubber Band International LLC, a real estate management and development company, signed a lease. Chris Havens of Creative Real Estate Group represented the tenant. Landlord Two Trees Management was repped in-house by Caroline Pardo.

(Brooklyn)

55

Washington street

   

two trees Man- agement

 

(Brooklyn)

1,072

erminio Olivi lucci

Erminio Olivi Lucci, a photographer, signed a lease. Caroline Pardo repped landlord Two Trees Management in-house.

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MANHATTAN — RETAIL

 

sq. Feet

teNaNt

laNdlORd

BROKeRs

   

Marcus samuels-

Home Court Man- agement

Marcus Samuelsson signed a 15-year lease for a new restaurant, according to Crain’s. Ripco Real Estate Corp.’s Brad Cohen represented the tenant. Landlord Home Court Management was repped by SL Green’s Gary Rosen.

310

lenox avenue

7,300

son

939

eighth avenue

5,000

Food World

Harry eisenstein

Food World signed a 15-year lease, according to Crain’s. Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Gary Dana and Rick Dana repre- sented both the tenant and the landlord.

   

Nesso Manage-

   

49

West 24th street

4,200

ment

n/a

Nesso Management signed a 15-year lease. Olga Ousmanova of CSCommercial Group represented the tenant.

       

The asking rent was $76 a square foot. Tony Gaskin and Lesley Steiner of Century 21 NY Metro represented the tenant.

30

Orchard street

2,175

Rental art Gallery

30

Orchard llC

The landlord was repped by Joshua John of 8x8 Construction.

13

West 18th street

2,000

Uni.K.Wax

11 West Commer- cial Corp.

Uni.K.Wax signed a 10-year lease. Josh Gunsberger of JG Realty Associates represented the tenant. Landlord 11 West Commercial Corp. was repped by Sinvin Realty.

     

66

Madison av-

 

66

Madison avenue

1,800

Pallatte

enue apartment

New eatery Pallatte signed a 15-year lease. Sinvin Realty represented both the landlord and the tenant.

 

Corp.

     

Friedland Proper-

 

189

east 79th street

1,500

MaxWax east llC

ties

MaxWax East LLC signed a lease. Ripco Real Estate represented the tenant.

264

Bleecker street

1,300

Binn On Bleecker llC

n/a

Binn On Bleecker LLC signed a 15-year lease. Steve Rappaport of Sinvin Realty represented both the landlord and the tenant.

1035 third avenue

n/a

Jimmy’s Custom

n/a

Jimmy’s Custom Framing Gallery signed a lease. Faith Hope Consolo and Joseph A. Aquino of Prudential Douglas Elli- man represented both the landlord and the tenant.

Framing Gallery

OUTER BOROUGHS — RETAIL

 

sq. Feet

teNaNt

laNdlORd

BROKeRs

1605 avenue M (Brooklyn)

17,400

amazing savings

n/a

Amazing Savings signed a 10-year lease, according to Crain’s. William P. O’Brien and Karen Cohen of M.C. O’Brien Inc. represented both the landlord and the tenant.

1305 Kings Highway (Brooklyn)

3,500

BBs Beauty sys- tems Inc.

1305 Properties

BBS Beauty Systems Inc. signed a lease. M.C. O’Brien represented both the tenant and the landlord.

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1—and by those adapting to survive. The phrase “money on

the sidelines” made numerous appearances.

This year, the list, like the industry it chronicles, is very much in motion. Pinning down who is up, if anybody, and who is down the most changes by the day. This repre- sents our take on the most powerful people in New York real estate right now. And yet about three-fourths of the people here are returnees, which says something about the closed club that is New York real estate. Old money is heavily represented, able as it has been to weather the recession—even when it has botched deals epically, such as Jerry and Rob Speyer (No. 11) with Stuy Town. The Speyers join old money like Douglas and Jody Durst (No. 8); Richard LeFrak (No. 10); Peter and Anthony Malkin (No. 18); Howard and Edward Milstein (No. 38); and Bill Rudin (No. 24). There are new people. Carlos Slim—according to some, the world’s richest person— clocks an appearance (No. 13), having just made a sudden splash in the biz. Another for- eigner with billions to immolate: Mihkail Prokorov (No. 43), erstwhile Nets owner and would-be Nets arena developer. And, speaking of Stuy Town and the Speyers, Charles Spetka (No. 32) chairs the distress-hungry firm overseeing that most historic of foreclo- sures. Also, welcome media enthusiast Sam Zell (No. 19), reluctant heir Stefan Solow (No. 56), M.T.A. chairman Jay Walder (No. 64) and Israeli magnate Nochi Dankner (No. 88). While Mr. Obama did not make the list this year, government is represented fairly strongly, with perennial flower Michael Bloomberg hitting the top 10 again. Looming

six spots behind him is probably the soon-to-be most influential public figure in New York State: Andrew Cuomo (No. 15). Other apparatchiks and pols include Deputy Mayor Robert Lieber and Economic Development Corp. president Seth Pinsky (together at No. 73); Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe (No. 87); and Transportation Commissioner Ja-

nette Sadik-Khan (No. 95). As usual, the list remains arctic white and terminally male. (How does this keep hap- pening in the world’s most diverse city? Even the suites of Wall Street—and of the White House—claim more diversity.) There are 12 women—the most ever—with CBRE tristate chief and REBNY chair Mary Ann Tighe the highest ranked at No. 7, and the chair of City Planning, Amanda Burden, in a distant second at No. 34. Nonwhites? Governor Paterson (No. 55), who, dear reader, will likely not make it next year, and Korean-American devel- oper Young Woo (No. 94)—and that’s just about it. Brokers, the middlemen (and, on occasion, middlewomen) of the city’s deals, are less represented than landlords and investors—there has just been less work to go around. Brokerages themselves are amply represented, in the form of their chief executives or chairs. These include residential ones like Pam Liebman (No. 66) of the Corcoran Group; Howard Lorber and Dottie Herman (No. 63) of Prudential Douglas Elliman; and an en- gorging number on the commercial side, including the boys from Newmark Knight Frank (No. 26), Peter Riguardi from Jones Lang LaSalle (No. 27) and Mitchell Steir and Michael Colacino from Studley (No. 28). Institutionally, the same names showed up as in previous years, such as Lee Bollinger (No. 90) of Columbia; John Sexton (No. 78) of N.Y.U.; Timothy Dolan (No. 76) of the Ro- man Catholic Archdiocese; and James Cooper (No. 79), the Episcopalian rector of Hud- son Square–controlling Trinity Church. The No. 1 spot, supplanting the president, belongs to Stephen Ross, chairman of Re- lated Companies. His firm seems to be everywhere about New York, particularly on the far West Side. There are train tracks there now, slightly below ground level, in an area to be avoided after dark—or in broadest daylight. But Mr. Ross envisions 13 towers on two platforms producing 5,000 apartments and 6 million square feet of office and retail space—a city within a city, 50 percent bigger than Rockefeller Center. That’s some change right there. Vision, too. A final few notes on the list. There are 138 names amid the 100 slots. Of those, more than 25 percent are new; the rest are returnees. If someone made the list last year, that ranking is next to their entry in parentheses. The list was chosen by The Observer, and is subjective. Feedback can be given in the comments section of Observer.com. Discuss.

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Publication 2 of 4: May 11th, 2010 The Empire State Building Takes Leadership Role In

Publication 2 of 4: May 11th, 2010

The Empire State Building Takes Leadership Role In Energy and Cost Savings for Tenants

What Brokers Need to Know How ESB Helps Tenants

On April 5, 2009, President Bill Clinton, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and W&H Properties’ Empire State Building (ESB) unveiled a new model for economically viable, replicable energy retrofits in the existing built environment to reduce materially energy consumption, operating costs, and carbon footprint. In this, our second of four publications, we would like to explain the impact of this work on our tenants and the brokers who serve them.

had anyone ever heard of the corporate

position, “Chief Sustainability Officer”

focused on subjects like energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction. Today, these subjects have become commonplace. The larger and more successful the company, the more focus there is on reducing exposure to energy costs and incorporating sustainability practices in everyday business activities and long-term planning.

very few companies were even

Look back a decade ago

Business leaders realize they have the ability to improve bottom lines

and protect against risk by reducing energy consumption. Think about it:

the three highest costs of

occupancy for a tenant in New York City are salaries, rent, and utilities – in that order. Through a combination of payment for utilities for space under lease and the inclusion of utility charges in the calculation of escalation

charges for operating expenses, for most tenants, energy costs often end up being the biggest variable of the three. Over the life of a lease, these energy costs can grow tremendously.

At ESB, we offer tenants proven pathways to reduce current costs and exposure to escalating costs over the lease term.

Many corporations, government agencies, and non-profits have introduced voluntary corporate mandates to reduce their carbon footprints. As evidenced by the Greener Greater Building Code in New York and similar legislated requirements around the country, legally imposed mandates are coming. How can a broker assist clients in addressing this new challenge and in the process demonstrate awareness of the cutting-edge concerns of one of today’s leading issues? Consider ESB a forward looking, long-term solution for your tenants here today.

Everyone needs to see ESB, not just for the visible results of our

our fully restored lobby

with new office-only areas on 34th and 33rd Streets, new elevators, common-

our unsurpassed array of tools and

resources to assist tenants with achieving their corporate sustainability objectives. Signing a lease at ESB provides tenants improved energy efficiency to reduce overall operating expenses and provide a healthier,

area hallways, bathrooms, and more

ongoing $550 million top-to-bottom upgrading

more productive work environment for their employees as well unmatchable Pre-War Trophy rents.

all at

The Empire State Building is undergoing a groundbreaking energy reduction program. In addition to tools which support our tenants in achieving high performance build outs, the energy retrofit program consists of eight rigorously evaluated and proven cost-reduction initiatives that will reduce the building’s energy consumption by 38 percent. This is not “future-ware,” but here today in our retrofitted windows, perimeter insulation, networked digital controls of every steam valve, air damper, fan, and pump throughout the entire building. This allows us unprecedented control over our HVAC system as well as unprecedented real-time monitoring and commissioning of our systems; if one damper is not functioning as designed, we know immediately.

Additionally, we give tenants a framework through which they can control, measure and reduce their own operating costs and carbon footprints, using ESB’s new modeling, measurement, and projection tools to implement cost-saving and short payback measures to optimize tenant space performance. We provide, as part of our new tenant “onboarding,” a suite of tenant services unlike any other landlord. Our guidelines provide a clear set of implementable solutions for a high performance space - from lighting and HVAC to layout. We are incorporating what we have learned in our pre-builts to build new small and large spaces and demonstrate the

effectiveness and attractiveness of these strategies. We have working, full and partial floor installations in the building occupied by large credit tenants available for review for new tenants and their service providers.

in carpets, and low off-gassing paints, adhesives, and wall coverings. ESB operations are healthier, the ESB work environment is healthier, the ESB impact on the environment is healthier.

Remember that utility costs represent the third largest component

of tenant expenses (after salaries and rent). At ESB, we offer tenants proven pathways to reduce current costs and exposure to escalating costs over

the lease term. There is no other Pre-War Trophy building

that can match our on-site energy

efficiency team and web-based, real-time Tenant Energy Management System with

instant feedback to measure, control, and make actionable recommendations for improving tenant efficiency. And these

features are not limited to big tenants

ESB

now sub-meters electric in all new suites of more than 2,500 square feet of electricity use.

building

nor Post-War

To what extent can ESB’s emphasis on sustainability actually help a tenant reduce its costs and improve its work environment? In our next publication, we will outline in detail the experiences of one tenant, Skanska USA, who reduced their energy consumption by 57 percent from their prior office during its first year of occupancy at the building. (Note: The reduction represents a comparison which takes into account changes in size and employee density.)

takes into account changes in size and employee density.) Consider the advantages: New, modern base building

Consider the advantages: New, modern base building systems and a groundbreaking energy retrofit program that is setting a new world-wide standard for efficiency; advanced tools and support from the nation’s leading experts for controlling tenant electricity con- sumption and office climate; unparalleled access to natural light; a full suite of “green” applications to reduce exposure to toxins and allergens – all of it at a Pre-War Trophy price, typically half the price of modern buildings offering less than half of our competitive, productivity-enhancing, cost-containing advantages.

Try some of these thoughts out on your important tenant clients. Bring them to the Empire State Building’s world-class address right in Midtown Manhattan, conveniently located near virtually every major subway line and PATH train, and virtually equidistant from Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in the heart of the revitalized 34th Street shopping and services Corridor.

Standing behind all of this is the financial strength of the Empire State Building Company. As with other properties supervised by Malkin Holdings, our generations of prudent investment and management provide tenants with the peace of mind that comes from a financially stable landlord who is fully capable of fulfilling all obligations for the entire lease term. In the meantime, more information on our groundbreaking program can be found at www.esbsustainability.com, or visit www.esbnyc.com.

Energy efficiency, however, is only one of ESB’s environmental advantages. The building’s new state-of-the-art building management system and HVAC infrastructure – including the largest wireless BMS (Build Management System) network in the world to manage climate control – provide fresh, clean air throughout every floor, with four individual air handling units per floor to enhance temperature control for tenants.

Adding to the impact of these high-tech benefits is ESB’s inherent structural advantage: the building’s center-core construction enables an unsurpassed window-to-floor-area ratio, providing deep penetration of

natural light and air. That abundance of light is unobstructed by nearby

and remember, as part of the retrofit

buildings, even on lower floors

program the existing windows are upgraded and reinforced as triple-glazed insulated panels for high thermal efficiency.

The full ESB advantage includes a cleaner, healthier environment for better worker productivity and retention, all at prices competitive to other, less advanced properties. Our comprehensive suite of “green” practices comprises tenant waste and construction debris recycling, the use of non- contaminating cleaning fluids and pest control solutions, recycled content

Thank you for giving us the chance to compete for your business. At W&H Properties, tenant satisfaction is our number one priority. (And remember, brokers always receive 100 percent of their commissions on lease signing.)

receive 100 percent of their commissions on lease signing.) William G. Cohen, Executive Vice President 212-372-2233

William G. Cohen,

Executive Vice President

212-372-2233 wcohen @ newmarkkf.com

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1 Stephen Ross (2) 2 Marc Holliday and Andrew Mathias (7) CEO and president–chief investment

1 Stephen Ross (2)

2 Marc Holliday and Andrew Mathias (7)

CEO and president–chief investment officer, respectively, of SL Green

investment officer, respectively, of SL Green It’s hard to overstate this one. Messrs. Holliday

It’s hard to overstate this one. Messrs. Holliday (pictured) and Mathias together control SL Green, which is the single largest commercial landlord in New York City, controlling 23.2 million

square feet in 29 office buildings. If SL Green’s battles at 100 Church and

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Chairman of the Related Companies

Recession be damned. As foreclosures proliferate and new construc- tion is mostly halted citywide, Mr. Ross, also the owner of the Miami Dolphins, is not slowing down. To name a few of the items that take up his days: He is mid-construction on a hotel and apartment tower on 42nd Street; he has amassed a large acquisition fund to scoop up distressed assets; he has started a bank with his partners at Related, looking to buy a failed bank; he is negotiating with the New Jersey governor about taking over the giant Xanadu mega-mall; and he constantly has executives at Related’s doorstep, looking to a man with money.

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michael nagle # 3 Mort Zuckerman 3 Mort Zuckerman (3) chairman-ceO of Boston Properties Not only
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# 3 Mort Zuckerman
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3

Mort Zuckerman (3)

chairman-ceO of Boston Properties

Not only does Mr. Zuckerman’s Boston Properties control 8.88 million square feet of office property in New York City, including the GM Building, but he’s on the prowl for more, one of three runners-up, along with Douglas Durst (No. 8) and Stephen Ross (No. 1), to buy an equity stake in the building formerly known as the Freedom Tower.

stake in the building formerly known as the Freedom Tower. 4 Steve Roth and Michael Fascitelli

4 Steve Roth and Michael Fascitelli

(11)

chairman and president, ceO and Trustee, respec- tively, of Vornado Realty Trust

The bluntly spoken yet oddly press-shy Mr. Roth (pictured), with his right-hand-man, Mr. Fascitelli, together control the second-larg- est office landlord in New York, their REIT owning 22 million feet in more than 50 Manhat- tan properties. These include several around Penn Station, including the Hotel Pennsylva- nia, which Vornado would turn into the city’s third-tallest office tower.

would turn into the city’s third-tallest office tower. 5 Jonathan Gray (14) Senior managing director and

5 Jonathan Gray (14)

Senior managing director and Real estate

group co-head of Blackstone

Mr. Gray has shepherded some of the company’s biggest deals, including the privatization of nearly a dozen real estate companies and, most notably, Hilton Hotels (including the Waldorf-Astoria), which rebounded last month after Blackstone bought back $1.8 billion in debt.

month after Blackstone bought back $1.8 billion in debt. 6 Barry Sternlicht (65) ceO of Starwood

6

Barry Sternlicht (65)

ceO of Starwood capital group

debt. 6 Barry Sternlicht (65) ceO of Starwood capital group Few chief executives have enjoyed such

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shravan vidyarthi 7 Mary Ann Tighe (22) CEO of CB richard Ellis’ new york tri-state region
shravan vidyarthi 7 Mary Ann Tighe (22) CEO of CB richard Ellis’ new york tri-state region

7

Mary Ann Tighe (22)

CEO of CB richard Ellis’ new york tri-state

region

(22) CEO of CB richard Ellis’ new york tri-state region Feared and admired in equal measure,

Feared and admired in equal measure, Ms. Tighe has completed millions of square feet of leasing transactions. Also, as the chairman of the Real Estate Board of New York since January, she has the ear of countless landlords and policy makers as REBNY pursues what for it is a rather well-publicized political agenda.

8

Doug and Jody Durst (6)

Co-presidents of the durst Organization

and Jody Durst (6) Co-presidents of the durst Organization Environmentalist stalwarts, cousins and keepers of the

Environmentalist stalwarts, cousins and keepers of the family fortune, Messrs. Durst control an empire of commercial and residential real estate that encompasses the fabulously successful new One Bryant Park, the Helena, 4 Times Square and, if they have their way with the Port Authority, a piece of One World Trade Center.

9 Michael Bloomberg (4)

Mayor of new york

Trade Center. 9 Michael Bloomberg (4) Mayor of new york His main rezonings are done; his

His main rezonings are done; his legacy projects were announced years ago; and he has few distinct plans for the third term. Still, our Medici wields power over anyone seeking to build anything large, and he and Deputy Mayor Bob Lieber (No. 73) have shown an eagerness to take assets from the state. They’ve now grabbed Governors Island and Brooklyn Bridge Park, and are eyeing Battery Park City.

10

Richard LeFrak (18)

Chairman, president and CEO of the Le-

Frak Organization

His personal wealth estimated at $4 billion, Mr. LeFrak controls the New York empire founded by his grandfather Harry, which includes 40 West 57th Street and, in Queens, the eponymous LeFrak City, the Brussels and the Marseille. The empire is also pursuing Stuyvesant Town in a partnership with Wil- bur Ross.

11 Jerry and Rob Speyer (pictured)

(5)

Chairman and co-CEOs of tishman speyer

Speyer (pictured) (5) Chairman and co-CEOs of tishman speyer While the father-son duo has distressed prop-

While the father-son duo has distressed prop- erties around the country, vestiges of a buying spree at the peak of the market, they still are at the head of one of the more dominant families in New York City. Among their holdings: Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building and the MetLife building, all of which are surely worth far more than when they purchased them.

12 Andrew Farkas

CEO of island Capital Group

them. 12 Andrew Farkas CEO of island Capital Group An heir whose surname literally means “wolf,”

An heir whose surname literally means “wolf,” Mr. Farkas is nothing if not aggressive when it comes to investing. Years after making a name for himself by snatching up a dis- tressed real estate partnership in circa 1990s Manhattan, he returned to the front pages of the business trades in March after acquiring Centerline Holding, a bankrupt group that restructures troubled mortgages. When he’s not picking through real estate carcasses, Mr. Farkas is said to cheer on his former employee, governor-in-waiting Andrew Cuomo.

13 Carlos and Tony Slim

Chairman-CEO of telmex; head of real

Estate investments

Slim Chairman-CEO of telmex; head of real Estate investments Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helú (pictured),

Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helú (pictured), the world’s richest person, according to Forbes (estimated wealth:

$53.5 billion), bought the plain vanilla office building at 417 Fifth Avenue, owns a note backing The New York Times’ former headquarters and is said to be searching for more such investments—with son Tony—in Manhattan. Carlos Slim, budding New York real estate mogul? Puede ser?

14 Craig Newmark (15)

Founder of Craigslist

Puede ser ? 14 Craig Newmark (15) Founder of Craigslist On his Twitter bio (he has

On his Twitter bio (he has a loyal 21,899 followers) the classi- fieds caliph humbly describes himself as “customer service rep and founder for craigslist.” He does not mention the company’s ongoing legal battles

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james hamilton # 26 Barry Gosin 19 Sam Zell with eBay or the fact that his
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19 Sam Zell

with eBay or the fact that his international classifieds purveyor, which began as a personal email list 15 years ago, has more than 20 billion page views per month, many of which service a DIY-hungry real estate community.

15 Andrew Cuomo

attorney general of new York

community. 15 Andrew Cuomo attorney general of new York waiting. He’s expected to control the state

waiting. He’s expected to control the state in eight months, and his campaign coffers are flush with real estate contributions. He also has a history in the housing world: He was HUD secretary in the late 1990s, in President Clinton’s cabinet; and his current office approves or rejects condo offering plans.

16

Donald Trump (16)

Ceo of the trump organization

plans. 16 Donald Trump (16) Ceo of the trump organization To a younger generation, the Donald

To a younger generation, the Donald may be best known for firing up-and- comers and boldface names alike on The Apprentice. But buried deep his colorful Google results, Mr. Trump, it seems, is still a developer at heart. To wit: After years of playing Goliath to neighborhood groups, the Trump Soho Hotel Condominium finally opened in Manhattan last month, atop an ancient burial ground, no less.

17 Sheldon Silver (10)

speaker of the state assembly

Chairman of equity Group in-

speaker of the state assembly Chairman of equity Group in- With a lame-duck governor and a
speaker of the state assembly Chairman of equity Group in- With a lame-duck governor and a

With a lame-duck governor and a slim Democrat- ic majority in the Senate, Mr. Silver is often referred to as the de facto governor. He has strong control over his conference, and anything going through the Legislature must receive his nod. For real estate, the object of much of his affection is his Lower Manhattan district, which he has helped shower with tax breaks

district, which he has helped shower with tax breaks Before this year, Mr. Zell was known

Before this year, Mr. Zell was known locally for riding a motorcycle, being delight- fully crude in public settings and owning the Tribune Company. But in March, he gobbled up Harry Macklowe’s last three apartment buildings for $475 million, following a $12 million deal for a lot owned by Shaya Boymel- green. Suddenly, he was all about New York, or at least distressed properties in it.

18 Peter and Anthony Malkin (50)

Chairman and president, respectively, of malkin holdings

20 Chris Ward (48)

executive director of the Port

authority of new York and new jersey

director of the Port authority of new York and new jersey The Malkins are a multigenera-

The Malkins are a multigenera- tional New York real estate family, with office holdings throughout the region. Most notably, they are co-owners of the Empire State Building, which has been going through a much-bal- lyhooed green upgrade—Peter Malkin (pictured) announced it last year with Bill Clinton at his side. Speaking of last year, Malkin Holdings leased more than 1.1 million square feet in 2009, of which only about 400,000 involved renewals.

feet in 2009, of which only about 400,000 involved renewals. After the authority’s bruising, yearlong negotiation

After the authority’s bruising, yearlong negotiation with developer Larry Silver- stein (No. 33), a financial agreement is in place at the World Trade Center for two new private towers, thanks in large part to the Port Authority’s balance sheet. Taken with One World Trade Center, which the agency is developing itself, Mr. Ward has his hands in 7 million square feet downtown.

Mr. Ward has his hands in 7 million square feet downtown. vestments Despite no announcement of

vestments

Despite no announcement of his inten- tions, much of the New York

political world views Mr. Cuomo as the

governor-in- and infrastructure.

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Howard Rubenstein (27)

Chairman,Rubenstein Communi-

cations,inc.

When some- thing goes wrong, clients—and reporters—call Mr. Rubenstein, the city’s public-relations master, who has been styled “the dean of damage control” by Rudolph Giuliani. His eponymous firm, with more than 200 employ- ees, represents a staggering roster of clients, including SL Green, Vornado Realty Trust, Tishman Speyer and dozens of other real estate players.

Tishman Speyer and dozens of other real estate players. 22 Steven Spinola (28) President of the

22 Steven Spinola (28)

President of the Real estate

Board of new York

The State Senate may be Democratic, but Mr. Spinola has managed to help ward off any legislation that might hurt landlords’ bottom lines. Now, he is using his trade group and landlord cash to mimic unions, better organizing members on policy issues and raising money for a political party of sorts, tentatively using the Independence Party line to push pro-business candidates.

the Independence Party line to push pro-business candidates. 23 Jeffrey Feil (37) President-Ceo of the Feil

23 Jeffrey Feil (37)

President-Ceo of the Feil or-

ganization

The multigenerational real estate investment firm that bears his name cast a wide net last year, to Herald Square, where the group acquired the 250,000-square-foot Herald Center. The nine-story shopping mall marks the Feil’s 19th shopping center acquisition, but Mr. Feil, a founding partner of the private-eq- uity group Longview, didn’t pause to enjoy the purchase. He was off to oversee the acquisition of a re- tail segment of the St. Regis Hotel, which commands the highest retail asking rents in the city.

24 Bill Rudin (12)

President of Rudin manage-

ment Company

24 Bill Rudin (12) President of Rudin manage- ment Company Mr. Rudin may be struggling to

Mr. Rudin may be struggling to get his St. Vincent’s redevelopment project under way, now that the hospital has declared

bankruptcy, but at least he has that whole real estate empire thing going for him: 15 office towers, including 345 Park Avenue and 1675 Broadway, well over a dozen residential properties and, of course, the leadership of the Association for a Better New York, allowing him an influential voice in real-estate–related public policy.

25 Mitch Rudin (26)

President-Ceo of CB Richard

ellis’ new York tri-state Region

Mr. Rudin oversees the manage- ment of the largest commercial real estate brokerage in New York City. It is 700 employees strong; given the general broker personality type, it cannot be easy to run. Still, CBRE continues to dominate the city’s office-leasing landscape, working on more of 2009’s largest leases than any other firm.

26 Jeffrey Gural,

Barry

Gosin, Jimmy Kuhn

and David Falk (39)

Chairman, Ceo, president and regional president, respectively, of newmark Knight Frank

regional president, respectively, of newmark Knight Frank Messrs. Gural, Gosin and Kuhn have trans- formed Newmark

Messrs. Gural, Gosin and Kuhn have trans- formed Newmark Knight Frank into a top-flight commercial brokerage by carefully cultivating both young talent and an enviable work environment. (Mr. Falk, pictured, is being groomed to take it all over.) In so doing, they’ve scored countless prime tenants, from Claremont Prep to Orrick Herrington.

27 Peter Riguardi (34)

President, jones lang lasalle

new York Region

Mr. Riguardi is one of the more dominant office brokers in town, repre- senting numerous banks and buildings and occasionally playing both sides of big deals (like in a large lease at One World Trade Center, for instance). His firm is charged with finding tenants for Goldman Sach’s old headquarters, at 85 Broad Street, as well as at 1285 Avenue of the Americas, among others.

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28 Mitch Steir and Mike Colacino (41)

Chairman-CeO and president, respective- ly, of studley

30 Keith Barket and Adam Schwartz

senior managing director and head of U.s. investment activities, respectively, of angelo, gordon & Company

activities, respectively, of angelo, gordon & Company Messrs. Steir (pictured) and Colacino lead New York’s
activities, respectively, of angelo, gordon & Company Messrs. Steir (pictured) and Colacino lead New York’s

Messrs. Steir (pictured) and Colacino lead New York’s preeminent tenant rep brokerage, and are doing so during the most tenant-friendly office market in ages. It pays. Their stable of brokers have won two of the past three top REBNY awards, and they continue to rake in the clients. The latest coup? Negotiat- ing Tiffany’s new headquarters in four-plus floors of 200 Fifth Avenue.

29 Ronald Kravit

managing director of

As head of real estate acquisi- tions at Angelo, Gordon & Company, Mr. Barket and Mr. Schwartz have spearheaded many of the savviest property buys in recent memory, including the Chelsea Market in 1998 as part of a package deal of five buildings. After purchasing the portfolio for a paltry $115 million, the firm upgraded the buildings and sold them individually for a reported total of $1 billion. More recently, the firm, in a partnership with Extell, signed a deal to acquire the Helmsley Carlton House hotel.

signed a deal to acquire the Helmsley Carlton House hotel. Cerberus Real estate He’s known for

Cerberus Real estate

He’s known for conjuring innovative investment deals, including land- mark acquisitions of the discount retailer Mervyns and grocery store chain Albertsons. But what many investment and real estate profes- sionals talk about when they discuss Mr. Kravit is how he helped put into play the trend of hedge funds enter- ing the private-equity sphere. In these heady financial times, innova- tion is key.

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