Thinking about building a residential development in the New York City area? You’d do well to avoid bowling alleys and golf simulators, according to a recent survey of area developers, who found that the amenities provide a bad return on investment. Pools, though colloquially considered huge wastes of money, were seen by a surprising 46 percent as providing the most “bang for your buck”—perhaps because buyers and renters see them as a standard amenity in a luxury building. Read More
Back in 2011, AvalonBay abandoned plans to build a 44-story, 700-unit rental building on the block south of West 57th Street between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues. TF Cornerstone was rumored to be interested in the site, and it turns out the rumors were true: the Manhattan-based developer now wants to build a 45-story, 1,189-unit residential tower on the same site, according to documents filed with the Department of City Planning.
If approved, the project would contain a total of 1.2 million square feet of floorspace, with 42,000 square feet set aside for commercial use and a 550-space underground parking garage. Of the apartments, 20 percent—238 units—would be set aside as affordable housing under the city’s inclusionary zoning program. Read More
How does one describe a luxury housing market where a tower can sell more than a third of its units before it officially hits the market. Frothy? Overheated? How about insane?
Well, the tower that towers above them all—432 Park Avenue—has officially hit the market (a development first reported in The Wall Street Journal) with more than one-third of its 126 units already in contract. Apparently, the 1,396-foot Rafael Vinoly-designed tower has been quietly marketing units since last summer. We’re not sure how we feel about a project that makes its market debut with so many units already spoken for—it’s a little like a debutante attending her coming out ball when she’s already engaged to be married. But, you know, congratulations. Read More
The tenants of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village have finally settled their class action suit, winning $68.7 million in damages that will be awarded to tenants who were overcharged on their rent between January 2003 and December 2011 as a result of illegal rent deregulation.
The settlement means an end to the lengthy Roberts v. Tishman Speyer legal battle. Tishman Speyer defaulted on its loans in 2010 and the property is now owned by CW Capital Asset Management LLC. The damages, to be paid by CWCapital (on behalf of the
bondholders’ trust) and former owner MetLife Inc, will be divided among 21,250 tenants in 4,300 units. Read More