Commercial

Keller Williams Signs 20,000 SF Sublease Near Grand Central

August 2020

NEW YORK—Helmsley Spear, LLC, reported recently it had brokered a 20,000-square-foot sublease with Keller Williams for the 10th floor of 99 Park Ave. Gould Paper Corp., the current tenant, will continue to occupy 8,718 square feet of the space. The sublease term runs through December, 2023. The Helmsley Spear leasing agents for this sublease were…

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Amid Post-COVID and Social Unrest, Are People Still Moving into Manhattan?

August 2020

Since early spring, when the coronavirus hit the New York metro area hard, headlines have been screeching about the residential flight from Manhattan and other parts of New York City. Newspapers, online publications, blogs, and broadcast media are continuously touting the mass exodus from The Big Apple. High-end luxury condo owners to students and young…

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Ramapo-Based Investment Firm Reportedly Acquires NJ Complex for Nearly $34 Million

July 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ—An affiliate of Northeast Capital Group, which is based in Rockland County, has acquired the Offices at Bedminster office complex here from New York Life Real Estate Investors. Commercial brokerage firm JLL marketed the 194,000-square-foot office complex for seller New York Life Real Estate Investors. JLL did not disclose the sale price. In a…

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Yorktown Joins Growing List of Municipalities to Launch Marketing Campaign

July 2020

YORKTOWN—Joining the City of Yonkers and the Town of Cortland, which recently inaugurated efforts to attract new business, the Town of Yorktown has launched a new marketing campaign that will promote the Northern Westchester municipality as a prime investment and relocation destination. The campaign’s theme—Yorktown: Up where you belong!—is a nod to the town’s welcoming…

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GUEST VIEWPOINT: Paving New York State’s Path to Economic Recovery

July 2020

“New York, like states all across the country, confronts the immediate effects of a paralyzing national recession, the longer-term challenge of improving our competitive position in the global economy, and the specter of a dangerous, ugly divisiveness among our people.” Those words, but with the single substitution of “pandemic” for “recession,” are as true today…

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Global Site Selector Tells OC Partnership to ‘Keep Calm and Embrace the Chaos’

July 2020

While most economic news of late in this time of the coronavirus is usually described as “bleak” or “grim,” an international site selector speaking to a virtual meeting of the Orange County Partnership on July 22 indicated that the county’s prime location, available workforce and lower cost of land and housing will attract investment, particularly…

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Hudson Valley Unemployment Rate Rises to Record-High 12.2% in June

July 2020

ALBANY—The New York State Department of Labor announced on Tuesday, July 22 that the Hudson Valley unemployment rate rose to 12.2% in June, up from the 11.1% jobless rate in May 2020 for the region. According to preliminary data, New York State’s area unemployment rate seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate increased from 14.5% in May to 15.7%…

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AIG to Relocate Global Headquarters to Rockefeller Center in 2021

July 2020

NEW YORK—American International Group, Inc. announced on July 21 that it will relocate its global headquarters in New York City to 1271 Avenue of the Americas, where it will occupy eight floors totaling 325,000 square feet. The firm also reported it will consolidate its remaining New York City area footprint into approximately 450,000 square feet…

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Analysis: COVID-19 and Westchester County Unemployment Trends

July 2020

By Eric Pierson, AICP Editor’s Note: The following analysis was originally published on the Business Council of Westchester’s Data Exchange (https://thebcw.org/data/)on July 9, 2020. As we get farther away from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, a clearer picture is beginning to emerge of the economic damage rendered by this disease.…

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Strong Majority of Realtors Say Market Is in Recovery Phase as Buyers Return

July 2020

WASHINGTON—After enduring months of setbacks brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, a new survey from the National Association of Realtors released on Thursday, July 9 shows that more than nine in 10 of its members believe they are in the process of recovering as many states start to reopen their economies. NAR's 2020 Market Recovery…

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Yonkers, Cortlandt Launch New Marketing Campaigns

July 2020

YONKERS, CORTLANDT—The City of Yonkers and the Town of Cortlandt have unveiled new marketing plans geared to bring new business to their respective communities as they attempt to re-emerge from the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 8, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano unveiled the new marketing campaign entitled “Yonkers is Back to…

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Orange County Issues RFPs for Camp LaGuardia and Newburgh Historic Properties

June 2020

GOSHEN—Orange County announced on June 24 it had issued separate Request for Proposals to developers and investors for the purchase of the massive Camp LaGuardia property in Chester and Blooming Grove and three iconic properties in Downtown Newburgh. Both the Camp LaGuardia and Grand Street properties are county-owned. The Camp LaGuardia property, a former New…

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My 90-Day Payment Deferment is Up, Now What?

June 2020

Each commercial real estate asset class has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in one way or another. Many commercial lenders extended 90-day payment deferments to their borrowers as a way to help relieve immediate financial hardship in case the tenants (sometimes the borrowers themselves) were unable to pay rent. These deferments are ending in…

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Stark Office Suites Expands Flagship White Plains Location

June 2020

WHITE PLAINS—Stark Office Suites reported on June 16th it has increased its Westchester executive office suite footprint and now occupies the entire 11th floor at 445 Hamilton Avenue, the company’s flagship site in the heart of Downtown White Plains. Offering more than 26,000 square feet, this location is the largest suburban space in the Stark…

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Bronx Office Condo Project Secures $29M Mortgage

June 2020

A large office condominium on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx that has been turned around by a partnership of Sam Jemal of JJ Operating, Inc. of New York City and members of his family together with James J. Houlihan and members of Houlihan-Parnes Realtors, LLC of White Plains, secured a $29-million first mortgage on…

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Westchester County Mulls Launching COVID Aid Fund

June 2020

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester County Industrial Development Agency could be establishing in the near future a fund that would provide grants and loans to county businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. Westchester County Director of Operations Joan McDonald reported this morning that the program could total $500,000 in financing. The county would be moving forward on…

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Is this the Trough? Unprecedented Drop in Growth, Large Job Losses, But Purchase Applications Signal a Rebound

June 2020

By Mike Fratantoni and Joel Kan The extraordinary impact from COVID‐19 social distancing measures and business closings is impacting the economy and job market in unprecedented ways. While April economic data has been uniformly awful, more recent data on purchase applications indicate significant pent up demand for housing. Housing demand is strengthening as more states…

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