Matters

Land Use & Zoning Counsel – National Communications Service Provider

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.

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.

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.

$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.

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.

Zoning Approvals for SoHo Site

Representation of a developer in obtaining special permit zoning approvals from The City Planning Commission for a Soho residential development.

Domino Sugar Factory Redevelopment

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 CPCR on the site's rezoning, which will result in one of the largest residential redevelopment projects in the city.

We laid the groundwork for the formal land use and environmental review process, collaborating with Mayor Bloomberg's office, community leaders, and city and state departments and agencies on the design and development. This work included obtaining approval from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, special permits pursuant to a zoning resolution by the New York City Planning Commission, approvals from the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

$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.

BSA Approval for Landmark Building Conversion

Represented 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.

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.

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.

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.

Zoning and Land Use Counsel to Steiner NYC

Represented Steiner NYC in connection with the zoning and land use analysis of various New York City development sites, including the site of a 52-story residential rental tower in Downtown Brooklyn.

Land Use Counsel on World Trade Center Complex

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

Staten Island Retail Center Complex Development

Representing the Alpert family in connection with the development of a large shopping center complex in Staten Island. Our work includes a significant Uniform Land Use Review Process application involving street mappings, special permits, government relations activities and an environmental impact statement.

Joint Venture Development of Brooklyn Bridge Park

Advised Toll Brothers City Living, the urban development division of Toll Brothers, Inc. (NYSE: TOL), in its joint venture with Starwood Capital Group to develop a 550,000-square-foot luxury hotel and residential complex at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Toll Brothers – Development Rights Acquisition

Represented an affiliate of Toll Brothers City Living in the acquisition of development rights from a site on First Avenue between East 52nd Street and East 53rd Street in Manhattan.

$167 Million Hudson Yards Development Site Sale

Represented Sherwood Equities in the $167.3 million sale of a Hudson Yards Development Site to the McCourt Group, headed by former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.

Land Use & Zoning Review for West Chelsea Site

Representation of Sherwood Equities with respect to land use and zoning review for various sites in West Chelsea and Hudson Yards.

Toll Brothers – Zoning Analysis

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

BSA Building Permit Challenge

Represented a Brooklyn real estate owner before the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals in connection with a successful effort to prevent adverse parties from obtaining building permits.

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.

Samsung New York Real Estate Development

Represented Samsung Corporation in connection with a mixed-use real estate development in the New York region. We worked closely with Samsung’s executive and due diligence team in negotiating the purchase and key documents, completing the due diligence and locating a local developer partner in the U.S.

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.

Rezoning of Williamsburg and Greenpoint Properties

Representation of several property owners in assuring that New York City's extensive rezoning of Williamsburg/Greenspoint maximized the value of their real property.

Industrial-to-Residential Conversion

Representation of a developer in its application to the New York City Board of Standards & Appeals for a variance to convert an industrial building to a 100-unit residential building.

Domino Sugar Factory Redevelopment

Represented The Community Preservation Corporation in the acquisition, financing and development of the 11.5-acre waterfront complex in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that was formerly home to Domino Sugar.

Five-State Residential Portfolio Acquisition and Financing

Represented a major real estate investment and service company in its acquisition and financing of a five-state, 14-property portfolio of residential rental and condominium apartment complexes. The portfolio was financed through 14 first mortgage loans and 12 mezzanine loans, culminating in a four-day closing.

Counsel on 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.

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.

Bronx Brownfield Redevelopment

Represented a New York developer in redeveloping a large Brownfield site in the Bronx and negotiating the relevant transactions documents, including financing, joint venture and purchase option documents. Complex redevelopment issues made use of our Government Relations, and Land Use and Zoning Groups.

Manhattan Building Acquisition and Hotel Development

Representation of FIT Investment Corporation in connection with the zoning analysis and acquisition of 45 East 33rd Street in New York City, and its redevelopment of the building into a 93,000 square-foot hotel.

LPC Review for NoHo Property

Represented a residential building owner with respect to a special permit application and landmarks review for a new property in Manhattan's NoHo neighborhood.