Matters

Deutsche Bank & Vanke – Zoning Due Diligence for The Vanderwater

Represented Deutsche Bank and Vanke in zoning due diligence for The Vanderwater, a new 32-story condominium building at 543 West 122nd Street located within the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Morningside Heights Campus in Upper Manhattan.

Mitsui Fudosan – 200 Amsterdam

Represented Mitsui Fudosan in the zoning for their development of the residential tower 200 Amsterdam, including the successful defeat of a challenge to the project’s approval brought by local community groups. Once completed, the 668-foot building will be the tallest on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Real Estate Investment Bank – Land Use and Zoning Advice

Represented a real estate investment bank in connection with land use and zoning advice for a major redevelopment project in Brooklyn, New York.

Otera Capital Investments – Special Zoning Counsel

Special counsel to Otera Capital Investments IX Inc. in zoning and title matters related to $147.7 million in loans to HFZ Capital Group, for an assemblage of several parcels in the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan where HFZ is planning a 60-story office tower.

G4 Capital Partners – 88 Wall Street

Represented G4 Capital Partners in the zoning due diligence for 88 Wall Street where the current office building is being converted to a 98,000 square foot hotel and restaurant.  

Deutsche Bank – $200 Million Loan for One Wall Street

Represented Deutsche Bank on zoning and landmarks due diligence for a $200 million loan to Macklowe Properties for the redevelopment of the landmarked building at One Wall Street. 

Rose Associates – Inclusionary Housing Application

Represented Rose Associates in connection with the completion of an Inclusionary Housing application for the property located at 210 Livingston Street in Brooklyn, New York. 210 Livingston is a 368-unit residential tower in Downtown Brooklyn developed with Benenson Capital Partners, containing 44,000 square feet of affordable housing financed by tax-exempt and taxable bonds through the New York State Housing Finance Agency.

BFC Partners – City Council Approval – Bedford Armory Redevelopment

Successfully helped BFC Partners obtain New York City Council approval to redevelop the Bedford Union Armory in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, into a 500,000-square-foot, mixed-use property with a recreational facility, community venue and office and commercial space.

RAL Development – Union Square Tech Hub

Represented RAL Development Services on the redevelopment of 124 East 14th Street into a 21-story, 240,000 square-foot tech-focused office space. The building, which Mayor de Blasio called “the front door for tech in New York City,” is a joint venture between the city's Economic Development Corp. and our client RAL. Located on city-owned land, the $250 million project will offer affordable technology training for New Yorkers seeking to join the digital economy.

Josif A LLC – Staten Island Retail Development

Successfully secured New York City Council approval for Josif A LLC’s 226,000 square-foot retail development in the Mariner’s Harbor section of Staten Island. We navigated a multi-year public and environmental review process which included interacting with local council member Deborah Rose, as well as the chairs of the City Council’s Zoning Subcommittee, Donovan Richards, and its Land Use Committee, David Greenfield; and culminated in the City Council’s approval of the project’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) application.

Mitsui Fudosan – $259 Million Hudson Yards Office Tower Investment

Represented Mitsui Fudosan America in land use diligence in advance of a $259 million investment in 55 Hudson Yards, Related Companies' 1.3 million square-foot, Hudson Yards office tower.

The Lightstone Group – Public Plaza Floor Area Bonus for 130 William Street

Successfully secured a public plaza floor area bonus from the City Planning Commission Chairperson for The Lightstone Group's development of 130 William Street, a 60-story residential condominium in the Financial District.  The 5,137 square-foot public plaza will permit an additional 31,902 square-feet of zoning floor area within the building.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Developers – Zoning Litigation

Representing the developers of Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pierhouse hotel and condominium project, in a suit filed by activists, alleging that the project violates the Special Scenic View District regulations established under the Zoning Resolution.

Madison Realty Capital – $78 Million Acquisition Zoning Due Diligence

Advised Madison Realty Capital on zoning due diligence for their $78 million acquisition of two industrial buildings in Jamaica, Queens.

Madison Realty Capital – $88 Million Construction Loan – Zoning Due Diligence

Advised Madison Realty Capital on zoning due diligence for a $88 million construction loan to a seven building multi-phase development in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Madison Realty Capital – Bushwick Zoning Due Diligence

Represented Madison Realty Capital in zoning due diligence and 421-a vesting due diligence for a new two-building rental complex in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Deutsche Bank – West End Avenue

Assisted Deutsche Bank in the closing of a $150+ million loan for 1-15 West End Avenue, a residential tower in the Riverside South complex on Manhattan's Upper West Side. 

Telecommunications Provider – Sale of East Williamsburg Properties

Represented a national telecommunications service provider in the sale of two properties in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Real Estate Investment Company – 421-a Exemption

Assisted a real estate development, investment and management company in obtaining a 421-a tax exemption.

National Communications Service Provider – Land Use & Zoning Counsel

Advised a national communications service provider with respect to zoning and land use matters for their portfolio of New York City real estate, including potential acquisitions, re-use and redevelopment opportunities.

NY Developer – Expedited Zoning Determination in Chinatown

Represented a major New York developer in an expedited zoning determination from the Department of Buildings on a complicated and oddly-shaped hotel site in Chinatown.

Major Healthcare Institution – Zoning & Land Use Matters

Representing a major healthcare institution in zoning and land use matters related to their real estate portfolio, and potential acquisitions.

Sugar Hill Capital Partners – Zoning Approval

Represented Sugar Hill Capital Partners in successfully securing the reinstatement and continuation of Multiple Dwelling Law waivers from the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals to permit residential apartments within the cellar floors of three Upper West Side buildings located on Central Park West. The continuation of residential use in the cellars was critical to Sugar Hill’s investment in and renovation of the properties.

Property Markets Group – Gowanus Redevelopment, Brooklyn

Representing Property Markets Group regarding New York City’s rezoning study for the Gowanus Canal area.

Deutsche Bank – Manhattan Zoning Due Diligence

Represented Deutsche Bank in zoning due diligence for the redevelopment of 150 Rivington Street, the former site of Streit's Matzo Factory.

Read Property Group – Bushwick Rheingold Brewery Rezoning

Represented Read Property Group on their applications to various New York City agencies for the rezoning of the Rheingold Brewery site in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

William Friedland Properties – Approval to Tear Down Retail Building

Represented William Friedland Properties in obtaining approval to tear down a two story retail building in a Upper East Side historic district.

FIT Investment Corporation – Manhattan Office Building Acquisition and Hotel Development

Represented FIT Investment Corporation in connection with the zoning analysis and acquisition of 45 East 33rd Street in New York City for a hotel development.

Toll Brothers – Zoning Analysis

Representing Toll Brothers in connection with the zoning analysis of various New York City properties and development sites.

Real Estate Developer – Zoning Approvals for SoHo Site

Represented a real estate developer in obtaining special permit zoning approvals from The City Planning Commission for a Soho residential development.

Community Preservation Corporation – Domino Sugar Factory

Represented an affiliate of the Community Preservation Corporation in the development of the 11.5-acre waterfront complex in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that was formerly home to Domino Sugar. We advised on the site's rezoning, which resulted in one of the largest residential redevelopment projects in the city. We collaborated with Mayor Bloomberg's office, community leaders, and city and state departments and agencies on the design and development, and obtained approvals from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, the New York City Planning Commission, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Escorial Affiliate – Prospect Heights Condominium Development

Represented an affiliate of Escorial in the redevelopment of a former parking garage in Prospect Heights into residential condominiums, including counsel on land acquisition, unused development rights, 421-a certificates, design and construction agreements and the condominium approval process.

Republic of Turkey – New York Consulate

Representing the Republic of Turkey in the development and construction of a new and expanded consulate at 46th Street and 1st Avenue across from the UN's General Assembly. Our work includes advice on government relations, real estate development and construction, leasing, land use and zoning.

Beijing Developer – Manhattan Development Site Acquisition

Represented a Beijing-based developer in the acquisition and financing of a gas station on Manhattan's west side. The developer intends to create a mixed-use building that will include residential condominiums and ground floor retail space.

Deutsche Bank – $220 Million Theater District Financing

Advised Deutsche Bank in land use and zoning matters in connection with a $220 million completion financing loan for a condomininium conversion project in the Theater District.

The Lightstone Group – BSA Approval for Landmark Building Conversion

Represented The Lightstone Group in obtaining New York City Board of Standards and Appeals approval for a proposed alteration of a landmark, Garment District office building into a hotel.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey – World Trade Center Land Use Counsel

Land use counsel to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the development of the new World Trade Center complex.

Madison Realty Capital – CPC Approval for NoHo Historic District Development

Represented Madison Realty Capital in obtaining City Planning Commission approval for a proposed development in the NoHo Historic District.

Real Estate Developer – 600-Unit Rental Project in East Harlem

Represented a client on the approval of a redevelopment project for a 600-unit rental building to be built in East Harlem; the project features a 80/20 affordable housing arrangement.

KRE Group – 281 Fifth Avenue Assemblage and Sale

Represented the KRE Group in the assemblage of a development site including 281 Fifth Avenue, and the sale of the assemblage to Victor Nomad LLC. The deal included an adjacent air parcel with additional development rights and inclusionary housing certificates.

Real Property Investor – Brooklyn Power Generating Facility Litigation

Represented the owner of a Greenpoint, Brooklyn waterfront property in a successful New York State Siting Board case against Transgas Energy's proposed waterfront power generating facility.

Youngwoo & Associates – Manhattan “Sky Garage” Condo Development

Represented Youngwoo & Associates LLC in developing a unique residential condominium building in New York's West Chelsea neighborhood, which features full-floor units with a parking facility for a car at each level. We advised on the land acquisition, construction financing and zoning issues.

Youngwoo & Associates LLC – Art Gallery Condo Development

Represented Youngwoo & Associates LLC in developing a 16-story condominium in New York's West Chelsea neighborhood. The building is designed to be an art gallery, and our work included an air rights acquisition and construction loan financing.

Sherwood Equities – High Line Acquisitions and Developments

Represented Sherwood Equities in connection with the acquisition of development sites at 508 West 20th Street and 360 Tenth Avenue, near the High Line Park. We also assisted Sherwood with the acquisition and sale of a significant amount of development rights; and the financing and development of the sites.

Property Owner – Landmarks Preservation Commission Guidelines

Represented the owners of a former bank branch in their attempts to lease the interior landmark space to a major national drugstore chain. We worked with the chain and its architects in adjusting its national store design guidelines to meet with standards set by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.