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The City is Coming Back


by Neil A. Dolgin Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak eighteen months ago, New Yorkers have become all too familiar with empty office buildings and store fronts on practically every block. It’s also true that the economic fallout has heightened some already-existing trends as companies and retailers continue to grapple with how to best… 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 »

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 Technology is Helping the Property Industry Understand Post-Pandemic Risk


Almost a year into a global health crisis that devastated the world and propelled the nation into an economic recession, the effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to echo through businesses that thrive at the intersection of people, places, and experiences—an intersection that very much includes commercial real estate. COVID-19 accelerated already rapidly growing trends… Read more »

A Cloudy Crystal Ball For Commercial Real Estate And Office Space


As we pass the grim metric of 500,000 deaths due to Covid-19, analysts are grappling with the pandemic’s long term impacts, including its effect on cities and work.  There’s disagreement about the degree of permanent increases in teleworking and homework. But if some office work is shifting permanently to homes, what will that do to commercial and residential real… 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 »

Underpinning the Pandemic, Another Malady: Municipal Finances


COVID-19 and the resulting economic downturn made a considerable impact in many areas of the U.S. economy during 2020, but most certainly in municipal budgets. Taking a look at the nation’s 75 largest municipalities, Truth in Accounting found that most could ill afford a large-scale health crisis. The organization’s just-released 2021 Financial State of the… 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 »

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 »

Commercial Real Estate in the Age of the COVID-19 Virus


So what can the property industry do to immediately respond to COVID-19? The first thing that any property should do is educate its tenants. Whether the building is multifamily, offices, retail, or any other space, building tenants need to be aware of what steps they can take to prevent more people from getting sick. In IREM’s… Read more »

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