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The Real Estate Board of New York Announces Contestants for 23rd Annual Retail Deal of the Year Awards Competition


July 19, 2021

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Winners will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony on August 5, 2021

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NEW YORK, NY – The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) has announced the outstanding retail deals of 2020 that will compete for its coveted Retail Deal of the Year Awards virtually on August 5, 2021, where a portion of the proceeds will benefit Creative Art Works.

The two winning deals – The Most Ingenious Retail Deal of the Year, which demonstrates exceptional broker acumen (ingenuity and creativity), and The Most Impactful Retail Deal of the Year, which represents the most meaningful retail transaction in its overall characteristics and importance to the New York City retail market – will be announced by REBNY Retail Committee Co-Chairs Steve Soutendijk of Cushman & Wakefield and Fred Posniak of Empire State Realty Trust at a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

The submissions for the 2020 competition are:

– “730 Fifth Avenue Covid & Beyond: Chopard's Loyalty and Legacy to the City of New York” – 730 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10019

Submitting Broker: James S. Downey (Cushman & Wakefield)

– “A Tall Order… Starbucks Goes Big at the Empire State Building” – 350 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10118

Submitting Broker: David Firestein (SCG Retail/TSCG)

– “Bringing Immersive Art to City Hall: The Revitalization of a Landmarked Icon at 49 Chambers Street” – 49 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007

Submitting Broker: Matthew T. Leon (Newmark)

– “Direct-to-Consumer Retail, Right On Time: Fabric Fulfills the Promise of 4220 13th Street in Long Island City” – 4220 13th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101

Submitting Brokers: Brandon L. Singer and Michael Cody (Retail By MONA)

– “Hai Di Lao Restaurants at the All-New Virgin Hotel” – 1225 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

Submitting Broker: Hentz Menard (The Corcoran Group)

– ““OPA” Avra Lands Mega Restaurant Deal at 1271 Avenue of the Americas” – 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020

Submitting Brokers: Eric Gelber, Jordan Kaplan, Gary Trock and Zach Parisi (CBRE)

– “Preserving A Restaurant Landmark In NYC When It Was Needed Most - The Leasing of Gotham Bar & Grill at 12 East 12th Street” – 12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

Submitting Broker: Jeffrey D. Roseman (Newmark)

– “Signaling Strength in the Darkest Days” – 560 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

Submitting Brokers: Benjamin Birnbaum and Ariel Schuster (Newmark)

– “The Fairest Brooklyn Fare at 75 West End Avenue” – 75 West End Ave, New York, NY 10023

Submitting Broker: JP Sutro (Lee & Associates NYC LLC)

Tickets to attend the REBNY Retail Committee’s Virtual 23rd Annual Retail Deal of the Year Awards Ceremony are donation-based and can be purchased here. The event will take place Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

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