From the monthly archives: "May 2006"


NEW YORK CITY — A 220,000-square-foot retail complex has broken ground at the base of the residential building currently under development at 808 Columbus Ave. in Manhattan, New York City. Costas Kondylis designed the mixed-use project, which is scheduled for completion in 2008. Jeff Winick and Lori Shabtai of Winick Realty Group are handling the leasing of the retail portion.

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Columbus Avenue retail project moves forward

A plan to redevelop Columbus Avenue between 97th and 100th streets is moving ahead.

The project, known as 808 Columbus Avenue, includes a 29-story residential building and 220,000 square feet of retail space.

PWV Acquisition, which bought the property in 2000, tapped Winick Realty Group to manage the retail leasing. There will be 60,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, as well as a 80,000-square-foot basement and an 80,000-square-foot second story, according to the realty company.

Winick executives declined to comment beyond a written statement.

Business leaders in the neighborhood have speculated about PWV’s plans for the site of the former Park West Village since retail tenants were told last year that they would have to move. The last remaining tenant, a C-Town grocery store, closed last month. The redeveloped retail space is expected to house a supermarket, fashion boutiques, restaurants, national retailers and specialty shops.

“The businesses that were there were really serving the community, and they are a loss,” says Peter Arndtsen, district manager of the Columbus/Amsterdam Business Improvement District. “But we don’t have many attractive businesses to draw people in from outside the neighborhood.”

808 Columbus Avenue is expected to open in 2008.                  

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CRAIN’S-May 17, 2006 – Columbus 808       

Winick brings restaurant star to Flatiron District

Winick Realty Group has completed a 5,000 s/f lease with Philippe Massoud, creator of Washington, DC’s famed NEYLA restaurant.

The new restaurant is located at 236 Fifth Avenue between 27th and 28th Streets. The soon-to-be-named Mediterranean restaurant promises to be exotic and energetic and will surely be patroned by the fashionable and hip downtown crowd. The new restaurant is scheduled to open Winter 2006.

Steven E. Baker, director of Winick Realty Group, was responsible for the transaction and represented the landlord. Leslie Sieben and Benjamin Kahr of JDF Realty represented the tenant.

“236 Fifth Avenue, in New York’s prestigious Flatiron District, is ideal for a restaurant that desires a location in what is rapidly becoming New York City’s prime restaurant destination,” Steven E. Baker said.

“The Flatiron district is one of the most up and coming neighborhoods in the city and Philippe Massoud’s new high-end, hip restaurant is one of the first of many of its kind to follow suit in the neighborhood,” he said.

The Grand Madison, Elad’s new residential conversion stands across the street from 236 Fifth Avenue.

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REW-May 17, 2006 – Winick brings restaurant star to Flatiron District