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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 »

Investors Bet on Commercial Real Estate


More than a year into the pandemic, high-rise office buildings are largely empty. About one of every two hotel rooms is unoccupied. Malls are struggling to attract shoppers. And yet by most measures, the U.S. commercial real-estate market is in remarkably solid shape. Prices fell far less than after the 2008 financial crisis and are… Read more »

Clinton Hill Developmemnt Tops Out Along Fast-Growing Stretch of Atlantic Avenue


A nine-story residential building is joining the fray on a quickly developing stretch of Atlantic Avenue in Clinton Hill. With an address of 540 Waverly Avenue, the building stretches along Atlantic from Waverly to Clinton Avenue. Construction has been moving quickly, and the building recently topped out. Permits show there will be a total of… 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 »

Commercial Real Estate Appears to Embrace CBRS Post-COVID


As commercial landlords battle for tenants in an oversupplied, post-pandemic office market, tech and building amenities may become key differentiators. A newly available wireless option called CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service), which offers increased speed and security, may become the latest marquee offering for owners seeking top tenants. CBRS is a wireless frequency band, fully… 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 »

Legal Marijuana May Not Be NYC’s Retail Real Estate Savior


When Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill in late March to legalize recreational marijuana in New York state, many in the cannabis and real estate industries thought dispensaries and on-site consumption lounges might save New York City retail. But the reality will be much more complicated. New York’s adult-use marijuana program will be one of… Read more »

5 Key Medium-Term Factors Shaping Commercial Real Estate in NYC


For those of us invested in New York City’s commercial real estate (CRE) — either financially or emotionally — getting through 2020 was like processing the five stages of grief: First came denial, followed by anger, then bargaining, onto depression and, finally, acceptance. After all, one in seven chain stores permanently closed in 2020, along… Read more »

The Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Tech Revolution Starts With Automation


Commercial real estate brokers are slow to adopt tech.” How many times have you heard that? In a way, it’s true. Compared to the massive amount of tech adoption that has happened in nearly every industry, brokers are still largely doing business much as they have for the last few decades. But here’s the thing:… 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 »

During the Pandemic, They Are ‘Other Boroughs,’ Not ‘Outer Boroughs’


When it comes to the New York City investment sales market, the perception is, typically, that Manhattan is king and the outer boroughs are runners-up. However, during the pandemic, this long-standing perception has not been true. My friend, Josh Muss — who constantly reminds me that they are not the “outer boroughs,” they are the… Read more »

Confidence in Commercial Real Estate Values Varies Widely by Sector


Roughly one year into the coronavirus outbreak, commercial real estate owners are starting to fully price in the effects of the global pandemic. There are endless ways to analyze the impact of the past year on commercial property valuations, but one useful metric is tracking the prevalence of rent gains across the various property types…. 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 »

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