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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 York City’s small businesses are facing a pandemic-altered commercial real estate landscape 


Despite the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 delta variant, certain opportunistic retailers in New York City have been able to take advantage of tenant-favorable market conditions, successfully negotiating free rent, flexibility on term length and percentage-rent deal structures, and other previously unthinkable extras. As the COVID-19 pandemic has turned New York City’s… Read more »

Food & beverage fortifying commercial NYC real estate market


Shrugging off the pandemic’s impact on sales, supply and hiring, food-and-beverage uses continue to lead all retail-leasing categories in the Big Apple – and the lead even grew larger over last year. We had a look at some not-yet-released data which show the extraordinary resilience of edibles and drinkables in today’s historically challenged retail-leasing market…. Read more »

Mall Landlords Look to Charter Schools to Fill Vacant Space


Time for a field trip to the food court. The coronavirus pandemic pushed malls — already struggling to survive a “retail apocalypse” — to the breaking point. But the children, specifically schoolchildren, might be the future, as more malls begin hosting public charter schools in need of more space. Dozens of charter and public schools… 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 »

Retail and Hotels Stall CMBS Recovery


The CMBS delinquency rate has steadily improved since a peak in June, but some asset classes are keeping the overall rate high. A new report from DBRS Morningstar looks closely at the CMBS delinquency rates from the last year, and found that retail and hotel properties could be hindering a recovery. Overall, the CMBS delinquency… Read more »

$2B Flushing Waterfront District Approved By City Council


Rendering of the Flushing Waterfront District via Jeff Stikeman Architectural Art After a year filled with political resistance to new developments, the New York City Council approved the Flushing waterfront development Thursday afternoon after several delays. Developers United Construction & Development Group, F&T Group and Young Nian Group are set to create a new district… Read more »

Distressed Commercial Property Sales Seen Surpassing Last Crisis


An estimated $126 billion in commercial real estate will be forced to sell at distressed prices through 2022, more than the first two years after the global financial crisis, according to CoStar Group Inc. Distressed hotel, retail, office and other properties will continue to flow to the market over the coming five years, potentially reaching… Read more »

CubeSmart closes three deals in Brooklyn and Queens in year-end splurge


Self-storage giant CubeSmart purchased two buildings in Brooklyn and Queens for a combined $125 million and secured a new ground lease valued at $50 million. The self-storage sector has proven to be among the most resilient to the pandemic, as economic headwinds tend to bolster demand for storage space. The Real Deal

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 »

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 »

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