Matters

The New York Islanders – Belmont Park

Representing the New York Islanders Hockey Club in the development of its new arena complex at Belmont Park.

DH Property Holdings – Financing for Brookyln Distribution Center

Represented DH Property Holdings LLC in the construction loan and mezzanine loan financing for a distribution center in Brooklyn, New York.

Centennial Bank – $120 Million Miami Construction Loan

Represented Centennial Bank in the $120 million construction loan for property located at 400 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami.The planned development includes a 49-story tower with 646 luxury rental apartments, 51,000 square feet of commercial space and a 22,000 square foot church for the First United Methodist Church of Miami.

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.

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.

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.

Rabina Properties – 520 Fifth Avenue Development

Represented Rabina Properties in the acquisition, financing, joint venture, restructuring and recapitalization of the vacant development parcel located at 520 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The development is initially projected to include an 800 foot tall tower on the corner of East 43rd Street and Fifth Avenue. 

Harbor Group International – $117 Million Brooklyn Acquisition

Represented an affiliate of Harbor Group International, LLC in the acquisition of a $117 million newly constructed 193-unit multifamily property known as The Frederick, located at 564 St. John’s Place in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Muss Development – $165 Milion Manhattan Property Sale & Development Rights Transfer

Represented Muss Development in its sale of two fee parcels and one development rights transfer as part of an assemblage on the Upper East Side that, along with the other five fee parcels and three development rights transfers involved, totaled over $165 million.

Kiska Developers – $104 Million Manhattan Sale with Development Rights

Represented Kiska Developers, Inc. in the $104 million sale of a development site on 56th street and Lexington Avenue to an entity controlled by Rotem Rosen. The development included ten lots, unused development rights purchased from a neighboring property and Inclusionary Housing Air Rights from an affordable development.

Real Estate Investors – Formation of Real Estate Debt Fund

Represented real estate investors in the formation and launch of a real estate fund to originate, acquire and service high-yield loans collateralized by real estate or equity interests in real estate owning entities.

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.  

Shorenstein Properties – Nashville, TN

Represented Shorenstein Properties in connection with its purchase of a 28-story office building containing over 600,000 rentable square feet in Nashville, TN.  The purchase represents Shorenstein’s first acquisition in the Nashville market. 

Hong Kong Asset Mgmt Co. – Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate

Represented a Hong Kong-based asset management company in an investment in a joint venture to develop commercial real estate in the United States.

U.S. Banking Institution – Sale of 77-Property, 15-State Real Estate Portfolio

Represented one of the largest U.S. banking institutions in the sale of a 77-property, 15-state real estate portfolio to a global investment management firm. The transaction also involved the leaseback of 22 properties.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Village – McKinley Grand Hotel

Represented the Hall of Fame Village in the acquisition of the McKinley Grand Hotel in Canton, Ohio. This is part of the efforts to modernize and update the entire Football Hall of Fame complex.

Emmes Asset Management – California Office Properties Acquisition

Represented Emmes Asset Management Company in the acquisition of a number of multi-million dollar class A office properties in San Diego, California, in a joint venture with the investment arm of a major university system.

Harel Insurance – Acquisition in Nashville, Tennessee

Represented Harel Insurance Company in the acquisition of a fifty-percent interest in an $82 million construction facility for the ground up construction of  a 420-unit rental property in Nashville, Tennessee.

Commercial Bank – $65 Million Houston, TX Acquisition Financing

Represented a commercial bank in a $65 million acquisition and capital improvement loan to finance the acquisition and improvement of 14 multi-family properties in Houston, Texas.

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.

Sherwood Equities – $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.

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.

Community Preservation Corporation – $500+ million renovation of 16 Manhattan NYCHA Buildings

Represented the Community Preservation Corporation as the equity provider in the $500+ million renovation of 16 New York City Housing Authority buildings in Manhattan. NYCHA is partnering with the Community Preservation Corporation, Community Development Trust, Monadnock Development LLC, Lemor Development Group, Kalel Holdings LLC and the Community League of the Heights on the acquisition of a ground lease and massive renovation of 1,700 apartments. The upgrades come as part of the “NYCHA 2.0” initiative. This investment is in keeping with the Community Preservation Corporation’s mission of maintaining and providing affordable housing.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Joint Venture – $68 Million Woolworth Building Condo Conversion and Sale

Represented a joint venture between Cammeby's International and The Witkoff Group in the conversion of the iconic Woolworth Building's top 30 floors to a condominium unit, and the $68 million sale of the unit to Alchemy Properties.

Extell – $360 Million Manhattan Portfolio Purchase

Represented Extell Development Company in the $360 million purchase, flip and financing of multiple properties from the Duell family's real estate portfolio.

DH Property Holdings and FBE Limited Affiliates – $151.5 Million Ten-Property Portfolio Acquisition

Represented affiliates of DH Property Holdings and FBE Limited LLC in the $151.5 million acquisition of a ten-property multifamily and office property portfolio from affiliates of the Braun Family, and the flip of parts of the portfolio to other investors.

DH Property Holdings Affiliate – Brooklyn Industrial Property Acquisition

Represented an affiliate of DH Property Holdings in the acquisition of an industrial development site on Columbia Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Schron Family – $252 Million Manhattan Multifamily Acquisition

Represented the Schron family in connection with the $252 million acquisition of the Monterey, a 521-unit multifamily property located at 175 East 96th Street.

R Squared – Refinancing of Two Industrial Portfolios on Long Island

Represented R Squared in connection with refinancing of two industrial property portfolios consisting of 13 warehouse and industrial buildings in Suffolk County, New York.

R Squared – Construction Loan for Historic Canoe Place Inn – Westhampton, NY

Represented an affiliate of R Squared LLC in a construction loan for the renovation of the historic Canoe Place Inn on the Shinnecock Canal in Westhampton, NY.  The Inn, originally built in the early 1700s, was used as a stagecoach inn and also served as headquarters for British soldiers during the Revolutionary War. The renovated structure will include a new 25-room inn, a 1,900-square-foot clubhouse and a 300-seat catering hall.

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.

Convene – NYC Leasing Counsel

Represented Convene in multiple New York City leases, including their flagship location with more than 70,000 square feet of retail/event space at Brookfield Place in downtown Manhattan. The space comprises the former Saks Fifth Avenue lower Manhattan flagship location.

Polo Ralph Lauren – Office and Showroom Lease

Represented Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation in a 50,000 square-foot Manhattan office and showroom lease.

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton​ – New York Counsel

Counsel to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and the company's luxury brands in all New York real estate transactions.

Cipriani – 30 Rockefeller Plaza Restaurant Lease

Represented the Cipriani family in their lease of the world famous Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Center.

Risland U.S. Holdings – $502 Million Construction Loan

Represented a joint venture consisting of Risland U.S. Holdings, LLC (a U.S. subsidiary of a multi-billion dollar publicly traded international developer) and a group of local developers in a $502 million loan for the construction of a new 67-story condominium building in Long Island City. This transaction stands as the largest condo construction loan in Queens and the building, rising to 984 feet with 802 units, will be the tallest building in the borough.

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.

R Squared – Refinancing on Industrial Properties, Long Island, NY

Represented R Squared LLC in a mortgage loan from Dime Community Bank. The proceeds of the loan were used to refinance leasehold mortgage loans on two industrial properties located at 200 and 220 Roger’s Way in Westhampton Beach, NY. 

Migdal Insurance Company Ltd. – Manhattan Office Building Investment

Represented affiliates of Migdal Insurance Company Ltd. in the negotiation of joint venture arrangements with affiliates of Vanbarton Group and Ohio Public Employee Retirement System in connection with a REIT investment resulting in the purchase of a 34% indirect ownership interest in a 780,000 square foot office building located at 425 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.

Migdal Insurance Company Ltd. – Multi-State Joint Venture Acquisition

Represented affiliates of Migdal Insurance Company Ltd. in the negotiation of a joint venture arrangement with affiliates of Rialto Capital Management, Elite Street Capital and Menora Mivtachim Insurance in connection with the purchase of an indirect ownership interest in a portfolio of multi-family properties in Maryland, Texas and Missouri.

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.