Goldman Sachs – Zoning Due Diligence for Financing of Major Long Island University Redevelopment
Represented Goldman Sachs in the zoning due diligence for the $225.6 million financing of a major redevelopment at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University. LIU plans to construct a residential high-rise containing roughly 30% affordable units, as well as a garage structure and a rooftop athletic field.
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.
MRP Realty – 405 Park Avenue – Development Rights Transaction
Represented MRP Realty in connection with the acquisition of over 27K square feet of unused development rights from a neighboring property through zoning lot merger, along with a related light and air easement. The development rights will facilitate the expansion and renovation of 405 Park Avenue, a major office building in Manhattan.
The Reece School – BSA Variance
Represented The Reece School, one of the oldest not-for-profit special needs educational facilities in New York City, in obtaining a variance with the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals for the expansion and modernization of the School’s Upper East Side location.
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.
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.
Goldman Sachs – General Land Use Due Diligence
Represented Goldman Sachs on various land use and zoning due diligence matters throughout New York City.
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.
L+M Development Partners – 25 Park Row Construction Financing
Represented L+M Development Partners in a $350+ million financing transaction for the construction and development of a 45-story mixed-use condominium building at 25 Park Row in lower Manhattan. The site is the former headquarters of J&R Music World.
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.
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.
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.
World-Wide Group – Land Use and Zoning
Representing the World-Wide Group in land use and zoning issues at a number of sites in Manhattan.
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.
HK Organization – Brooklyn Joint Venture Acquisition, Financing and Disposition
Represented an affiliate of HK Organization in the joint venture with a real estate fund to acquire, finance, refinance and subsequently sell the property known as The Chocolate Factory, a large, historic mixed-use building in Brooklyn with over 100 newly renovated residential units.
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.
Major Sports Team – Land Use & Zoning Advice
Represent a major professional sports team with respect to its zoning and land use matters.
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.
Financial Institutions – South Street Seaport Development Rights Sale
Advised a consortium of four large financial services companies on the sale of 333,000 square-feet of development rights in Manhattan's South Street Seaport to the Howard Hughes Corporation.
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.