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New York Releases Zoning Plan for Gowanus Manufacturing Area


As New York inches forward with the controversial Gowanus neighborhood rezoning in Brooklyn, the Department of City Planning (DCP) has released a plan for the industrial area along the polluted Gowanus Canal, which calls for denser commercial development, relaxed parking rules, and infrastructure and street upgrades. The Gowanus Industrial Business Zone includes a diverse array… Read more »

Construction Begins on Amazon Warehouse in Red Hook


Construction has started at the future Red Hook warehouse that will soon be home to an Amazon distribution center. Located at the former site of the Revere Sugar Factory at 280 Richards St., on a pier sandwiched between IKEA and the former location of Fairway, it was long planned to be the home of a… Read more »

How does KDA help clients think out of the box to achieve goals?


by Neil A. Dolgin As owners and managers of dozens of properties throughout NYC and across the US, we know what we want to see from each in terms of revenue, tenant mix, and branding. And we are willing to reimagine our buildings in more competitive ways, especially at a time of renovation, a topic… Read more »

Judge Lifts Gowanus Rezoning Pause, Approves June Hybrid Public Hearing


The Gowanus rezoning can once again move ahead after a Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge accepted the city’s plans for a hybrid hearing on the proposal Tuesday, according to officials. Justice Katherine Levine on May 11 lifted her five-day pause on the rezoning’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure and gave her thumbs up to the Department… Read more »

Why CRE lenders want to see infrastructure investment


Many in the commercial real estate industry are speculating whether 2021 may finally be the year that the U.S. Congress funds a bipartisan comprehensive infrastructure plan. Ambitious proposals before U.S. Congress would modernize roads, bridges, ports and more—and conceivably serve as a strong economic stimulus. The CRE community may have plenty of reasons to get… Read more »

It’s starting to look like New York City will be just fine


As the wealthy fled for the Hamptons, local restaurants shuttered their doors, and Times Square went quiet during the onset of the pandemic, many declared the city dead. But a year after it became the coronavirus epicenter of the world, NYC is starting to shine once again. Despite a seeming exodus of the city’s richest,… Read more »

Q&A With Neil A. Dolgin


What kinds of changes are you seeing in the commercial real estate marketplace post-pandemic… and is this the new normal? Small is the new premium.  The market for smaller spaces is active with an influx of commercial customers coming to us with specific needs and expectations that we are trying to meet and exceed through… Read more »

Eight Ways The Biden Tax Plan Could Affect Your Real Estate Business


  President-elect Joe Biden’s policies and tax plans are becoming increasingly more relevant as his time in office begins. When it comes to the real estate industry or investing in general, it’s important to pay attention to policies that will affect you as a business owner so you can make the necessary adjustments. The Biden… Read more »

De Blasio to End Remote Working for NYC’s 80,000 Municipal Workers


The nation’s biggest municipal workforce is being called back from remote working a year after the coronavirus pandemic shut office doors. According to The New York Times, Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided that the 80,000 municipal office employees who have been working from home since last March will have to report back to the… Read more »

How blockchain is shaking up commercial real estate


When it comes to investing in commercial property, Aditya Koparde and Shaily Srivastava want to be the new kids on the blockchain. “We did our MBAs together, and one day when we were having lunch, we wondered how technology might disrupt the real estate investment market,” Ms. Srivastava says. That lunch nearly three years ago… Read more »

Reimagining Vacant Commercial Buildings


by Neil A. Dolgin As New York City and the metro area slowly return to life after a pandemic of over 18 months, Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates (KDA) has been reimagining how some of our older industrial buildings can better meet the needs of today’s commercial real estate tenants while helping to energize our neighborhoods. Some… Read more »

Navigating New York’s new TCO process


The pinnacle of any construction project is the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy (CO), albeit temporary or final. These documents, distributed by the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB), grant the legal occupation of a new development or an existing building under construction in NYC. The process can be daunting and lengthy, but extremely necessary… Read more »

Landlords lead push to get city back to work


Some of New York’s leading commercial landlords are joining the campaign to get the city back to work. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that 21 city landlords are part of his New York Forward COVID-Safe Offices partnership to expand access to COVID-19 testing for employers. As part of the initiative, the landlords have committed to… Read more »

How retail owners can take advantage of new trends


The retail industry and its real estate component are evolving more rapidly than ever. Today, the typical consumer is much better educated and price savvy about their merchandise choices than they had been in the past and often know in advance what specific item they want to purchase. To complicate matters, the competition from online… Read more »

With offices still mostly empty, landlords amp up Covid tests


Creating testing centers for Covid-19 is all part of an effort to lure workers back to offices, which have been largely empty since the pandemic hit almost a year ago, shutting down Manhattan skyscrapers. Landlords are seeking ways to repopulate their buildings after earlier attempts—including beefing up virus safety measures and lobbying the city’s finance bosses—had… Read more »

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