More Thrills in Coney Island

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More Thrills in Coney Island

The New York City Economic Development Corporation and the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation have issued a request for proposals, or RFP, for the creation and operation of new rides, games and other attractions in Coney Island. Specifically, the RFP includes 150,000 square feet of space on five vacant lots along the boardwalk between West 10th and 16th streets that make up Amusement District. Proposals are due mid-March, and the city is hoping the new amusements open by summer ...

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Miami Heat

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Miami Heat

Russian buyers are well known for their love of real estate and have been active in Miami for quite some time… but now they appear to be more interested than ever before. In fact, searches originating from Russia topped the list of international interest in miamire.com — the official website of the Miami Association of Realtors — in November 2016. This is striking for two reasons: Firstly, this is the first time Russia has led other countries like Brazil, Venezuela, ...

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Soft Rental Market Continues into 2017

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Good news for renters — particularly those in the market for NYC’s luxury apartments. The average rent throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn dipped in January while concessions like free rent and comped building amenity fees reached new highs. According to Douglas Elliman report, the use of concessions hit an all-time high for the fourth consecutive month, with more than 30 percent of leases including a concession now.
In Manhattan, the median rent has been on the decline for six consecutive months, ...

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Brickell Development

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Brickell Development

Developer Simon Karam of The Karam Group, which owns the most land in Brickell and Miami Beach, has recently submitted plans to the city of Miami’s Urban Development Review Board for a 78-story mixed-use retail and residential skyscraper in Brickell. This new development would be on the site of what’s now a Burger King-anchored shopping strip near Brickell City Centre, which opened its 500,000-square-foot shops in November. Karam’s plans call for 392 residential condo units, 66,618 square feet of retail ...

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More mega-developments in the outer boroughs

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More mega-developments in the outer boroughs

Brooklyn and Queens will see more ambitious real estate projects in 2017 compared to Manhattan. In fact, according to an analysis done by The Real Deal of offering plans accepted for sale by the New York State Attorney General, more condos in Brooklyn and Queens were approved to launch sales over the past 12 months. Between November 2015 and November 2016, a combined 3,577 condos were approved for sale in the two outer boroughs compared to 2,614 in Manhattan.

Of the ...

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Revival of 421a tax abatement?

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Since January 2016, the 421a abatement — which saves developers big in taxes and creates some affordable housing — has been unavailable for new development projects. But that will soon change with a forthcoming bill that will revive the developer tax cut in exchange for setting aside subsidized affordable apartments. With a new name “Affordable New York,” the tax abatement program would create 2,500 units of new affordable housing per year and will extend the tax incentives for 40 years, ...

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