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The Wealthy Are Leaving New York As City Undergoes Monumental Demographic Shift


The New York metropolitan area lost 70,000 people during the coronavirus pandemic, equating to tens of billions in lost income for the city. In total, about 3.57 million people left the city from Jan. 1 through Dec. 7, Reuters reported, citing data from Unacast. Around 3.5 million people moved in during that time; however, they… Read more »

Second Lockdown Lessons From World Cities That Just Went Through It


As New York leaders warn that the state will likely return to the harsh lockdown measures of the spring — and other parts of the country face a similar fate as coronavirus cases and deaths reach new records — business owners abroad who have gone through multiple shutdowns help paint a picture of what may… Read more »

A long road ahead for office landlords


The availability of office space in the biggest markets around the country hit new highs in recent months, as a growing number of tenants look to weather the pandemic and economic fallout by subleasing space. At the same time, struggling hotels and retail assets are being converted into new offices, adding to a potential oversupply… Read more »

NYC’s biggest real estate finance deals of 2020


New York’s commercial real estate market took a beating in 2020. In one indicator, the 10 largest investment sales of the year totaled $5 billion, a 37 percent drop-off from the $8 billion the previous year.  Not surprisingly, finance deals dropped off considerably this year, as well. The 10 largest loans in New York totaled… Read more »

Are doc’ shops the new high street staple?


High street stores are set to be overtaken by doc shops as phenomena known as “medtail’ becomes the new retail norm. That’s according to the 2021 Retail Healthcare Outlook released by retail consultants, Tether Advisors, which predicts an acceleration of the trend in high street medical retail as a result of the COVID pandemic. Real… Read more »

Brooklyn Army Terminal Renews With Guggenheim, Military Electronics Manufacturer


The Guggenheim inked the largest of the recent deals at Brooklyn’s Sunset Park industrial complex, renewing 31,200 square feet of storage space at Brooklyn Army Terminal’s Building B. IEH Corporation, which manufactures electronic parts for aerospace and military technologies, re-upped its 20,400-square-foot space in the building at 140 58th Street. Other deals were announced. Commercial Observer Photo: NYC… Read more »

Flattening the City: How COVID-19 is Reshaping Commercial Real Estate


In the five-plus months that have passed since the U.S. declared a country-wide state of emergency due to COVID-19, we have all had to adapt in some way or another, to change our shape to match our new vessel. These changes were made rapidly, even under duress, and they were shaped and enabled by technology… Read more »

Optimizing Building Performance During a Crisis Requires Finding the Right Baseline


33 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn. Buildings are big, complicated structures. They have hundreds of pieces of equipment that work together in a symphony of heating and cooling, exhausts and intakes, switches and controllers, all firing up and shutting down in an intertwined daily rhythm. Normally, a building can count on the predictable consistency of its occupants… Read more »

How KDA Has Helped Tenants Weather the Pandemic – and Why Commercial Real Estate May Rebound Faster Than Most People Think


By Neil A. Dolgin Nearly nine months into the pandemic, the long-term impact on commercial real estate is still anybody’s guess as virtually every industry continues to feel the economic fallout. Over the past month in New York City alone where life finally appears to be returning to some normalcy, multiple hotels, including the Times… Read more »

It’s a Broker’s Market


We will talk more about the commercial and industrial marketplace in additional posts over the next weeks. Right now we think this is a terrific marketplace for brokers. So we’d like to welcome the newest member of the KDA broker team, Max Duclos. As Max and our brokers canvas neighborhoods, we’re seeing an influx of… Read more »

KDA Thanks Our Staff and Brokers


“We are in the midst of a new chapter in the history of our country but it does have parallels in the past and it’s our aim to take you with us on this fantastic journey to not only survive the present but to conquer and expand your opportunities.  We have the insight, the hindsight… Read more »

City Planning Commission Greenlights Industry City Rezoning


Despite the opposition of the local city councilmember, the City Planning Commission today approved the controversial rezoning of Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, which is expected to generate several hundred thousand square feet of new commercial space. Commissioner David Burney was the only member of the planning board to vote against the proposal, which… Read more »

Amazon Delivers Hope to Brooklyn Office Market


The coronavirus has slowed an already lagging Brooklyn office market, but Amazon Music has signed a lease in a new Williamsburg building that has local brokers feeling optimistic. Amazon’s music streaming service took 40,000 square feet of production space at Rubenstein Partners and Heritage Equity Partners’ 25 Kent. Commercial Observer  

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