Matters

HK Organization – Empire Stores Redevelopment

Represented the HK Organization in a joint venture with Midtown Equities and Rockwood Capital to redevelop Brooklyn’s Empire Stores, a complex of seven historic warehouses. The property was transformed into a mixed-use creative hub with 100,000 square-feet of retail, restaurant and event space in addition to 300,000 square-feet of office space.

Rabina Properties – Amazon Fulfillment Center

Represented Rabina Properties in the financing and development of an 855,000 square-foot fulfillment center for Amazon in North Haven, CT.

U-Haul International – $200 Million West Chelsea Sale

Represented U-Haul International affiliate AMERCO Real Estate Company, in the $200 million sale of four contiguous industrial properties in Manhattan's West Chelsea neighborhood to Related Companies, along with unused development rights from a fifth parcel that U-Haul retained.   

Extell Development Company – Upper West Side Assemblage & Development Rights

Represented Extell Development Company in completing an Upper West Side assemblage including the acquisition of 2551 Broadway and development rights from nearby co-op buildings on West 95th Street. 

Toll Brothers – 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.

VisionaRE Partners – Real Estate Development Company Launch

Represented VisionaRE Partners, LLC, in the launch of its new real estate development company.

Privately Held Real Estate Company – Acquisition of Inclusionary Air Rights

Represented a privately held real estate company as purchaser on an approximately $17.7 million acquisition of inclusionary air rights. The contract period was over three years, during which time the seller constructed the applicable affordable housing on the generating site.

NYC Cooperative Housing Corp. – Sale of Development Rights by Zoning Lot Merger

Represent a New York cooperative housing corporation on the sale of development rights by zoning lot merger.  The development rights will be used to facilitate the construction of a new condominium building. 

Maxx Properties – Mamaroneck, NY Mixed-Use Project

Represented a group led by MAXX Properties in the joint venture, acquisition and construction financing of the company’s first development project, a mixed-use residential and retail property located in Mamaroneck, NY.

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.

Lincoln Square Synagogue – Property Exchange

Represented the Lincoln Square Synagogue in a high-profile exchange of property and development rights that enabled the development of the largest new synagogue in Manhattan since the 1920's. This transaction earned the Real Estate Board of New York's "Most Ingenious Deal of the Year" award.

Somerset Partners Affiliate – Bronx Industrial Site Acquisition and Financing

Represented an affiliate of Somerset Partners in the $7.5 million acquisition and financing of 9 Bruckner Boulevard in the South Bronx. The industrial site, which is situated opposite of Somerset’s planned residential development project along the waterfront, will be converted into a 30,000 square-foot Bruckner Market food hall.  

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.

Rechler Equity Partners – Gabreski Airport Lease and Site Development

Represented Rechler Equity Partners on all aspects of their 40-year renewable ground lease to redevelop Suffolk County’s 55-acre Gabreski Airport.

Apartment Building Corporation – Second Avenue Subway Development Transaction

Represented an apartment corporation in a complex transaction involving the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's condemnation of portions of the property to make way for the construction of the Second Avenue subway.

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.

Hotel Group – 6 Columbus

Represented a major New York hotel group in all aspects of the development of the 88-room hotel 6 Columbus, including construction, interim and permanent financing, litigation with various contractors, and the implementation of a hotel management agreement.

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.