From the monthly archives: "September 2013"

New York Observer

Two Foodie Events Worth Talking About

joshua-siegelman-002Summer is coming to a close, and the air has become cool and crisp. While fall harvest and menu changes begin to unfold, there have been two recent events that I can’t help but talk about.

This last week’s Harvest in the Square and Diner en Blanc events were certainly ones to remember!  While each venue attracted a different realm of personalities and backgrounds, foodies united on each front to be a part of these special occasions.

Harvest in the Square has been putting on a successful show for 18 years now, specializing in local operators and featuring several restaurant concepts throughout the Union Square vicinity.  The event was held right at the north side of the park in an enclosed tent and was easy to access for taste-testers commuting from throughout the city and beyond.

This year’s event featured more than 40 food purveyors, as well as a number of vineyards, beer breweries and distributors. There was an eclectic mix of exhibitors ranging from the new Union Square Hotel’s The Fourth restaurant and popular local spot Chat n Chew to more large scale ones such as Whole Foods Market and GrowNYC Greenmarket.

In addition, there was a nice country band playing, which really made for a nice atmosphere to hang out and mingle. Although many of the concepts were not particularly high-end or niche, there was a great mix of operators and specialty products to keep everyone entertained and interested in all booths. The crowd appeared lively throughout the evening and was mixed in age and background. There were several real estate sponsors, including Vornado, ABS Real Estate Partners and Related, in addition to the many local residents, students and traveling taste-testers alike.

Diner en Blanc is the definition of what I believe a cool food-driven event and experience should be.  This circuit originated in Paris and travels to major cities across the world hosting annual events. In short, it’s a gigantic 4,000-plus person, clad-in-all-white (head to toe) flash-mob dinner at a secret location. There is a tremendous waiting list, and it’s very difficult to get a membership space.

Small groups are initiated across the city, and guests travel together, descending upon the undisclosed location, which this year happened to be in Bryant Park. Each couple is to bring its own white folding table, chairs, food, utensils, center pieces and any other outrageous white decorations you can think of to make it special and memorable. Popular food bags I saw being consumed included Bouchon Bakery, Maison Kayser and the Upper East Side’s Suzu Sushi.

Call it the world’s largest picnic, which, once the food is consumed, evolved into a full dance party from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Diner en Blanc attracts the thrill-seeking restaurant-goers who will go out of their way for a good meal and exciting experience. We met people across all ages, ethnicities and occupations, with a common interest in quality food and an eye for a good time.

Mark your calendars next year, people! Sign up sooner than later for next year’s Diner en Blanc waiting list—and make sure you are a part of these exciting functions!

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Winick Realty Group is one of New York’s prominent real estate firms specializing in retail leasing and advisory services.  Over the years, Winick Realty has served a broad range of domestic and global clients, with a strong emphasis on long-term representation and expansion and growth strategies.  Winick Realty Group is highly recognized as a forerunner in the retail real estate market.

New York Real Estate Journal

Fishbein and Baker of Winick Realty represent landlord in 5,003 s/f lease

aaron-fishbein-001According to Winick Realty Group, New York Kids Club has signed a lease at 4545 Center Blvd., part of TF Cornerstone’s new mixed-use development on the iconic Long Island City waterfront.

Opening in 2014, the 5,003 s/f space will include three classrooms and a state-of-the-art gymnasium to accommodate the company’s classes, camps and birthday parties. There will also be an Early Enrichment Center with preschool programs and a 1,316 s/f terrace overlooking the water, which will be used as an outdoor play space.

“TF Cornerstone is pleased to welcome New York Kids Club to 4545 Center Boulevard, the newest addition to the Long Island City waterfront’s growing, family community,” said Steve Gonzalez, head of retail leasing at TF Cornerstone. “This facility couldn’t come at a better time as the influx of young families moving to our waterfront properties continues at an increasing pace. New York Kids Club will build on the family-friendly atmosphere we have built in LIC and will play an active role in its continued growth by providing vital services to our community members.”

The building sits directly across the street from PS 312, a new K-8 school set to open in September, while a new high school is opening nearby at Hunters Point South, making the location and neighborhood “ideal for the unique brand of services they offer,” said Winick Realty Group president Steven. Baker and his colleague Aaron Fishbein, who represented landlord TF Cornerstone in the lease transaction. Neal Ohm represented New York Kids Club in the deal, which marks the company’s tenth New York City location and its first in the borough of Queens.

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NYRE Journal_092413_Fishbein and Baker of Winick Realty represent landlord in 5,003 sf lease

Winick Realty Group is one of New York’s prominent real estate firms specializing in retail leasing and advisory services.  Over the years, Winick Realty has served a broad range of domestic and global clients, with a strong emphasis on long-term representation and expansion and growth strategies.  Winick Realty Group is highly recognized as a forerunner in the retail real estate market.

 

New York Real Estate Journal

Isa, Tregerman, Gedinsky, and Shabtai of Winick Realty Group broker 1,875 s/f lease for Bareburger 

kelly-gedinsky-profile-004Popular New York-based organic burger restaurant Bareburger signed a lease for 1,875 s/f at 795 Columbus Avenue, making this the restaurant chain’s first Upper West Side location as well as the first sit-down restaurant to lease space at the Columbus Square development project.

Winick Realty Group brokers Joseph Isa and Brian Tregerman, who represented Bareburger in the lease transaction, had looked in the neighborhood for a while to find Bareburger’s ideal Upper West Side storefront. “Columbus Square offered not only a dense residential population but also an amazing list of retail co-tenants,” said Isa. “But at the same time, the area was underserved as there were no places to sit down and eat. Bareburger saw that need and they believe in both the Columbus Square project and the Upper West Side.”

“We are very excited to welcome Bareburger to Columbus Square because there is such a strong need for concepts like theirs for Columbus Square residents, as well as residents of the surrounding area,” said Winick Realty Group broker Kelly Gedinsky, who represented landlord 795 Columbus Ave LLC along with Lori Shabtai. “The Upper West Side is also very health-oriented, which is a big component of Bareburger’s all-natural brand.”

Bareburger will be situated next to the Mandell School, which Gedinsky said was also a big draw for the restaurant because of the young, family-driven demographic that co-tenancy will attract. Bareburger hopes to open in time for the holiday season, at which time it will join brands like Sephora, Crumbs, Whole Foods, Michael’s Arts & Crafts, HomeGoods, Starbucks and more at the development.

Gedinsky and Shabtai are currently in active negotiations on almost all of the remaining retail at Columbus Square with concepts that complement not only the existing tenant mix at the project but also the Upper West Side as a whole.

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NYRE Journal_092413_Isa, Tregerman, Gedinsky, and Shabtai of Winick Realty Group broker 1,875 sf lease for Bareburger

Winick Realty Group is one of New York’s prominent real estate firms specializing in retail leasing and advisory services.  Over the years, Winick Realty has served a broad range of domestic and global clients, with a strong emphasis on long-term representation and expansion and growth strategies.  Winick Realty Group is highly recognized as a forerunner in the retail real estate market.

 

New York Real Estate Journal

Sher of Sabre Real Estate reps Massage Envy in 3,400 s/f lease at 312 E. 23rd Street; Winick Realty reps landlord 

312 e23rd st 2Sabre Real Estate Group LLC has arranged Massage Envy’s first retail lease in the city.

Arizona-based Massage Envy, a pioneer and national leader of professional, massage and spa services, leased 3,400 s/f at 312 E. 23rd St., a condominium conversion known as The Foundry, developed by TF Cornerstone Inc. and located just east of 2nd Ave. in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park. The new clinic and spa, to be operated by franchisee John Vatistas, is scheduled to open early in 2014.

Scot Sher, senior VP of Sabre, arranged the lease on behalf of Massage Envy. Sabre is Massage Envy’s exclusive real estate broker in N.Y.C.’s five boroughs and L.I. Winick Realty represented the landlord. Other members of the leasing team seeking additional locations for Massage Envy include Sabre managing principal Jayson Siano and Sabre director Greg Batista.

“This location represents an excellent opportunity for Massage Envy on a busy block with heavy foot traffic, a tremendous concentration of residences in Gramercy Park, Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village and Kips Bay and proximity to NYU Medical Center,” said Sher.

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NYRE Journal_092413_Sher of Sabre Real Estate reps Massage Envy in 3,400 sf lease At 312 E. 23rd Street, Winick Realty reps landlord

Winick Realty Group is one of New York’s prominent real estate firms specializing in retail leasing and advisory services.  Over the years, Winick Realty has served a broad range of domestic and global clients, with a strong emphasis on long-term representation and expansion and growth strategies.  Winick Realty Group is highly recognized as a forerunner in the retail real estate market.

 

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Searle begets downsized successor

1051-third-ave-001Queens-based coat and apparel chain Searle, which filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and shuttered its stores last year, has gone into rebirth mode. After closing its 4,500-square-foot store at 1051 Third Ave., on the corner of East 62nd Street, in November, the company recently signed on to lease just a third of that same space for ten years. The retailer plans to operate the store, which also has a 1,000-square-foot basement, as Alice NYC, a new concept. Asking rent was $250 per square foot.

“This will be more of a boutique-feel with fashion apparel and also incorporating their coat line,” explained Melinda Miller, the Winick Realty Group broker who, along with Jeff Winick, represented both the landlord and tenant. She noted that the company is partial to the neighborhood, because of its proximity to Bloomingdale’s and subway stations. Earlier this year, Alice NYC was tested as a pop-up shop on Third Avenue and East 60th Street, said Ms. Miller.

Run by Steve and Alice Blatt, Long Island City, Queens-based Searle had operated its larger store for at least a decade. Founded in 1962, the company had eight stores and $40 million in revenue in the early 2000s, according to its website. With the recession, it began downsizing.

The landlord for the new store is a co-op, 201 E. 62nd Apt. Corp.

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CRAIN’S_091713_Searle begets downsized successor

Winick Realty Group is one of New York’s prominent real estate firms specializing in retail leasing and advisory services.  Over the years, Winick Realty has served a broad range of domestic and global clients, with a strong emphasis on long-term representation and expansion and growth strategies.  Winick Realty Group is highly recognized as a forerunner in the retail real estate market.

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Another niche gym grabs Manhattan space

31 west 19th streetThe Fhitting Room, a boutique fitness studio that focuses on high-intensity training in small classes, has inked a deal to open its second location in Manhattan. It’s the latest in a string of alternative work-out providers expanding their retail presences in Manhattan.

The studio, founded by Kari Saitowitz, recently completed a deal to take 5,500 square feet at 31 West 19th Street in the Flatiron District, adding to its existing location on the corner of 80th Street and Lexington Avenue. The space, which was marketed by Ross Burack and Kelly Gedinsky of Winick Realty, has ground and lower-level space and was previously home to a nightclub.

Christine Traina and Nicole Hechter of Douglas Elliman represented the Fhitting Room in the deal, which was completed earlier this month. The gym is currently scouting further outposts in other neighborhoods, Traina said, but declined to comment on specifics.

The Fhitting Room joins other fitness studios and niche gyms like Cross Fit, Barry’s Bootcamp and Soul Cycle which are rapidly expanding in the city and competing for similar spaces. Both Barry’s and Soul Cycle have locations within two blocks of the Fhitting Room’s new digs.

“We have not experienced any competitive bid situations to date, although that wouldn’t be surprising in the future with the rapid growth of fitness venues in New York City,” Saitowitz said.

These alternative studios seek out spaces very different from the mammoth floor plates targeted by traditional gyms like Crunch and New York Sports Club. The Fhitting Room is looking for spaces totaling between 2,500 and 4,000 square feet which are mostly free of interior columns, Saitowitz said. Those spaces also must be visible from street level as a branding and marketing tool, she said.

The 19th Street space, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, is owned by Pan Asian Estate, a landlord which owns several spaces on the same street, Burack said. He noted that the asking rent for the space was $145 a foot but declined to comment on the official taking rent.

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THE REAL DEAL_091613_Another niche gym grabs Manhattan space

Winick Realty Group is one of New York’s prominent real estate firms specializing in retail leasing and advisory services.  Over the years, Winick Realty has served a broad range of domestic and global clients, with a strong emphasis on long-term representation and expansion and growth strategies.  Winick Realty Group is highly recognized as a forerunner in the retail real estate market.