NYC has more skyscrapers than the next 10 states combined

Everyone knows that NYC boasts the nation’s tallest buildings. But it’s not just quality (i.e. height) that NYC excels at, it’s quantity. Compared to the rest of the nation, NYC has more skyscrapers than the next 10 states combined. New York has 6,229 high-rise buildings. Compare that to, say, Chicago, which has just 1,180, according to HighRises.com. HighRises.com broke down ...

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Steven Soderbergh finally finds buyer for full-floor Chelsea apartment

Producer and director Steven Soderbergh has sold his three-bedroom Chelsea apartment and we’re presuming that neither sex, lies or a videotape were needed to close the deal. The three-bedroom apartment at 147 West 22nd Street brought $4.8 million, after initially putting it on the market for $5 million in 2014, according to public records. The full-floor apartment spans 4,000 square ...

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Nonunion group brings race into construction safety debate

UPDATED, Jan. 20, 7:47 p.m.: Nonunion contractors opened a new playing field in their fight against a proposed City Council bill that would mandate apprenticeship programs for construction workers: race. In survey results released Friday, the New York Construction Alliance said that 76.48 percent of open-shop construction workers are minorities, and that the proposed bill would hit them hardest. The ...

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Nine-Story Upper West Side Rental Trades for $23.5M

Vincent Young, a real estate investor who focuses on multifamily assets in Manhattan and Queens, purchased a 36-unit rental building at 315 West 102nd Street for $23.5 million, a source with knowledge of the deal told Commercial Observer. The 36,252-square-foot Upper West Side building between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive is comprised of 18 free-market units, 16 of which ...

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Brooklyn-Based Furniture Distributor Moving to Queens as It Grows

Furniture for its new offices and warehouse facility shouldn’t be a problem for this company. Liform Imports, a metal and wooden furniture wholeseller and distributor, has inked an 18,350-square-foot lease at 58-25 52nd Avenue in the Woodside section of Queens to relocate from its Brooklyn digs.   The company will occupy a majority of the one-story, 25,600-square-foot building between between ...

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Aby Rosen’s Lever House Hits Foreclosure

It’s been a rough few months for Aby Rosen. First, Donald Trump, whom he campaigned against, became president. Now, the German-born real estate baron is in danger of losing his crown jewel. A foreclosure has been filed for 390 Park Avenue, also known as Lever House, according to data from Trepp and a federal foreclosure filing in New York Southern ...

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Whole Foods Opening First ‘365’ Store in Tri-State Area in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

First Two Trees Management Company landed Apple at 300 Ashland Place in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and now the company has inked a deal at the same property with Whole Foods Market. Both are companies that Jed Walentas, a principal and the company’s chief executive officer, long wanted at the project. “Jed had a vision for this building five years ago when he said, ‘I ...

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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Nails Down 345K-SF Deal at 28 Liberty Street

The New York State attorney general’s office has secured a 345,000-square-foot lease at Fosun Property Holdings’ 28 Liberty Street for 15 years, Commercial Observer has learned. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will occupy all of floors 13 through 21 and floor 23 via a 15-year lease, according to a spokesman for Fosun. The asking rent at 28 Liberty Street is in the low-$60s ...

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