Retail



Times Square Toys “R” Us, Once World’s Largest Toy Store, To Close December 30

2015 will go down in New York’s storied retail history as the year when the city lost two of its flagship toy stores. At 6:00 p.m. on December 30, Toys “R” Us will shut down its Times Square store at West 44th Street and Broadway. The retail giant decided not to renew the lease due to ever-rising rents in the pedestrian-heavy neighborhood. Earlier in July, the company closed the famous FAO Schwarz store on at 767 Fifth Avenue, which had served the city since 1986.

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Construction at FRANK 57WEST, 600 West 58th Street. Photo by Tectonic.

Construction Update: FRANK 57WEST Rises On The Far West Side

If you’ve gone up the West Side Highway in Manhattan or up Port Imperial Boulevard in New Jersey, you’ve probably noticed the Durst Organization-developed Bjarke Ingels Group-designed Via tetrahedron. Not only is it visually striking, there has been a fair amount of press coverage. Additionally, its next-door neighbor, the high-rise Helena has been there for a decade now. But they are not the only Durst developments on the block bounded by Eleventh Avenue, West 57th Street, Twelfth Avenue, and West 58th Street.

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210 Livingston Street

Reveal For 25-Story, 368-Unit Mixed-Use Building At 210 Livingston Street, Downtown Brooklyn

Back in 2014, YIMBY reported on applications for a 25-story, 368-unit mixed-use building at 210 Livingston Street, in Downtown Brooklyn, and then this past October, developers Benenson Capital Partners and Rose Associates were working to land $158 million in construction loans. Real Estate Weekly reports the loan has closed, and in addition, has revealed the rendering for the project, which is being designed by Handel Architects. Seventy-four of the apartment units will be rented below market-rate, and nearly 20,000 square feet of retail space is planned on the ground and cellar levels. An 11-story office building was demolished back in 2014, and now that construction is imminent, completion is expected in late 2017.


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