In this past season of Mad Men, Don Draper and Roger Sterling pounced on cheaper rents and hustled their new ad agency from the Madison Avenue stomping grounds synonymous with advertising to the Time & Life Building on Sixth Avenue (after an illegal stint in the Pierre). It happens–companies debut; companies move; companies need space. Read More
By Zeke Turner 12/15/10 2:46am
As lawyers for two of the city’s biggest developers, Joe Moinian and Stephen Ross, litigated in New York Supreme Court last month over the future of the homely office tower at 3 Columbus Circle, a representative for SL Green sat quietly next to Mr. Moinian’s team. SL Green, a publicly traded real estate trust and Read More
By Zeke Turner 12/07/10 11:36pm
On Saturday afternoon, a security guard sat in the back seat of an idling white jeep, watching over a 2.1-acre patch of dirt near the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. There was an overflowing can of garbage next to the car’s front bumper and a puddle of groundwater nearby. Just across the canal, against the backdrop Read More
By Zeke Turner 12/02/10 5:23pm
The new Sperone Westwater gallery at 257 Bowery, just a block away from the New Museum, is Lord Norman Foster’s second building to be completed in New York after the Hearst Tower. The Lower East Side is getting real arty! Lord Foster finished his first sketches for the gallery at a holiday party in St. Moritz, Read More
By Zeke Turner 12/01/10 3:23am
On Nov. 15, Stephen Ross, chairman of the Related Companies and owner of the Miami Dolphins, strode into Room 238 of the New York State Supreme Court, four minutes after litigation over 3 Columbus Circle was slated to begin. A dozen lawyers waited around a square table in the center of the room, rattling gold Read More
By Zeke Turner 11/29/10 9:15pm
At street level, 1155 Avenue of the Americas is Thomas Pink, but upstairs it’s Don Draper meets Dow Jones. The News Corp.-owned publisher has signed a 117,000-square-foot lease for 10 years for advertising-sales offices on the third and fifth through eighth floors of the Durst Organization‘s 41-story black granite tower.
The 1984 Emery Roth & Sons-designed Read More
By Zeke Turner 11/29/10 1:20pm
Robert Durst, the estranged son of Times Square developer Seymour Durst, thought Ryan Gosling did a decent job playing him in Andrew Jarecki’s new film All Good Things. The movie follows Mr. Durst through a failed marriage and three alleged murders.
Mr. Gosling’s performance was “close,” but “not as good as the real thing,” Mr. Read More
By Zeke Turner 11/23/10 4:37am
Tall and slender, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was nothing like the squat, unpolished granite museum built in her name on Madison Avenue. She was spry, light-footed and “improvisational,” according to the art critic Forbes Watson, her friend and contemporary. He once complimented Whitney’s “genius for transforming an idea into an act before the idea could be Read More
By Zeke Turner 11/17/10 3:30am
In the second act of All Good Things, Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst, playing characters supposedly based on Bobby and Kathie Durst, sit next to each other in the back of a taxi as it crawls through midtown some time in the mid-1970s, the bad old days of New York. Dressed in black and heavily Read More
By Zeke Turner 11/12/10 4:01pm
The least of Park51 developer Sharif El-Gamal’s concerns is a lawsuit with the landlord of his former office over $39,000 in supposed unpaid rent, especially now that a New York City Housing Court judge has thrown the case out, according to The Real Deal.
“You know, the real estate business is a very Read More