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How Today’s Economy is Affecting Commercial Real Estate


by Neil A. Dolgin Fall has arrived with an economy still finding its way. There is low unemployment which bodes well, but the challenges of high interest rates and inflation are increasing concerns about the possibility of a recession.  Interest rates are already up 2% this year, and inflation is still soaring despite a downturn… Read more »

What a $660-psf gift shop lease says about Times Square’s recovery


Tourism may be down, but retailers are still making bets on Times Square. Most recently, a souvenir shop signed a lease for 1,000 square feet of ground-floor space at 566 Seventh Avenue. The store will be paying $55,000 a month for the space, next door to the newly opened Margaritaville Resort. On its face, a… Read more »

Eric Adams’ Top Challenges as New York Mayor Include Real Estate


Hours after Eric Adams trampled his Republican rival on Nov. 2, the presumptive mayor was already setting his sights on a new target — Mayor Bill de Blasio and the “dysfunctional” bureaucrats who work for him. Adams castigated city officials for failing to provide city services in a timely manner despite collecting billions of dollars… Read more »

Developers’ Next Big Challenge: Finding A Way To Measure Social Impact Of Buildings


A focus on incorporating Environmental, Social and Governance best practices, or ESG, into development has sharpened in recent years. But tracking the social element, calculating output and returns, is complex — and becoming more crucial as investor interest and funding grows. “We don’t have good measures for ‘S’ right now. You know, for E, we… Read more »

Value of NYC Office Buildings Drops by $29B During Pandemic


The pandemic’s impact on New York City’s office market might be worse than anyone thought. The coronavirus erased years of growth in the city’s office sector, and, along with it, $28.6 billion in market value and more than $850 million in property taxes in the city’s 2022 fiscal year, according to a report from New… Read more »

Retailers jostle over cut-price space as Brooklyn market looks for solid ground


The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the City’s leading real estate trade association, today released its Summer 2021 Brooklyn Retail Report which highlights steady leasing in the Brooklyn retail market as tenants capitalize on market opportunities in select trade areas. According to the report, demand is being driven primarily by retailers taking fully… Read more »

New Yorkers brought NYC back despite hysteria over the Delta variant


If New York City is to be saved from COVID-19, it will be no thanks to the politicians, bureaucrats and big-business leaders who once upon a time we might have turned to for leadership. Instead, it will be entirely due to Big Apple residents and visitors who are loving the place with their growing presence… Read more »

Here’s How CRE Sales Can Truly Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels


by Neil A. Dolgin The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently reported on investors who are diving back into commercial real estate and driving this year’s sales volume to pre-pandemic levels. Combined with lower interest rates, they are reporting a renewed optimism that the worst of the pandemic may be behind us. Driving that conclusion is… Read more »

Better Infrastructure Could Goose Return To Downtowns


The Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday approved the $2.1B LaGuardia AirTrain proposal, which is set to bring 3,000 construction jobs and add over $50M in local infrastructure improvements to the Queens airport’s surrounding neighborhoods, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s proposal. The project, first proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2015,… Read more »

What might development look like with Eric Adams as Mayor?


With Borough President Eric Adams almost certainly becoming New York’s next mayor in January, real estate developers and community advocates alike are rushing to understand the future of land use policies under the city’s self-described “complex” next chief executive. While Gotham deals with a severe housing shortage, and ranks as the most expensive city in… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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