The Race for Retail: REBNY Announces Top 18 Runners in 20th Annual Deal of the Year Competition

Award winners to be announced at the Retail Committee’s Cocktail Party on June 12th

The innovative dealmakers behind New York City’s top retail deals of 2017 are joining the competition for the industry’s coveted honors, the Real Estate Board of New York’s (REBNY) 20th Annual Retail Deal of the Year Awards.

The two winning deals–The Most Ingenious Retail Deal of the Year,  which demonstrates exceptional broker acumen (ingenuity and creativity), and The Most Significant 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 at the REBNY Retail Committee’s 20th Annual Cocktail Party on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Club 101 (101 Park Avenue).

Sponsors of the cocktail party include: Empire State Realty Trust, Manhattan Skyline Management, Eastern Consolidated, Jack Resnick & Sons, Newmark Knight Frank, the New York Times, Ripco Real Estate Corp., Rose Associates, HJ Kalikow & Co., SL Green Realty Corp., Cushman & Wakefield, and JLL.

“The Retail Deal of the Year award winners will be honored for their demonstrated ingenuity and value in transacting deals across the shifting New York City retail landscape,” said John H. Banks, REBNY President. “We look forward to celebrating all of these talented brokers who exemplify the industry’s best through their work helping clients navigate and adapt to evolving consumer needs to secure successful real estate solutions.”

The 18 retail deal submissions for the 2017 competition are:

“Saluti! Cipriani’s First-Ever Food Hall Comes to Waterline Square, a Mega-Complex on the Upper West Side” – Two Waterline Square a.k.a. 400 West 61st Street

Broker: Mitchell N. Friedel of Newmark Knight Frank

“Surviving a Twitter Storm – Genesis’ Unique Trip to the Meatpacking District” – 40 Tenth Avenue, New York

Brokers: Richard Nassimi and Michael Lohan of The Nassimi Group; Jared Epstein of Aurora Capital Associates

“Iconic Space for the Next Generation” – 731 Lexington Avenue a.k.a. One Beacon Court

Broker: Paul Berkman, JLL

“Peloton @ Manhattan West: Retail’s Next Ride…” – 5 Manhattan West

Brokers: Patrick Smith, Matthew Ogle, Corey Zolcinski, and Bob Gibson of JLL; Benjamin Birnbaum of Newmark Knight Frank

“Princi, The Journey from Milan to Manhattan” – 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

Brokers: David Firestein of The Shopping Center Group; Alan Schmerzler of Cushman & Wakefield

“Bringing the ‘Shack-sperience’ to the West Village” – 225 Varick Street

Brokers: Mark Weiss and Mallika Winsor of Cushman & Wakefield

“Iconic Brand, Iconic Style, Iconic Relocation in Times Square or Big Year for Levi’s Batwing in Times Square!!!” – 1535 Broadway, New York, NY

Broker: Laura Pomerantz of Cushman & Wakefield

“A Toy Story 2.0 – How FAO Schwarz was relaunched to the Big Apple at Rockefeller Center” – 30 Rockefeller Center

Brokers: Kenji Ota and Neil Seth of Cushman & Wakefield

“Book Culture Book Store” – 26-09 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY

Broker: Stu Morden of Walker Malloy & Company

“Redefining the Retail Landscape in New York’s Meatpacking District” – 46-48 Gansevoort Street, NY 10014

Brokers: Joel Isaacs, Joshua Lewin, and David Baker of Isaacs and Company, Inc.; Jared Epstein of Aurora Capital Associates

“Hollywood comes to Eleven Times Square: The Blockbuster Evolution of Retail in Times Square” – Eleven Times Square

Brokers: Robert Futterman, Joshua Strauss, and Scott Zinovoy of RKF

“Old Navy Meets the Corner of 86th Street; A Tale of Perseverance, Triumph & Tragedy” – 147 East 86th Street (Lexington Avenue)

Brokers: Andrew Mandell, Peter Ripka, and Richard Skulnik of Ripco Real Estate Corp.

“1515 Broadway: Omni Channel Retailing in the Bricks-and-Mortar World” – 1515 Broadway

Broker: Ariel Schuster of RKF

“Anchor This NoMad: Bringing Nordstrom Rack to 855 Avenue of the Americas” – 855 Avenue of the Americas

Brokers: Robert Futterman and Peter Whitenack, RKF

“Three is the Charm – The RealReal at 80 Wooster” – 80 Wooster Street, New York, NY

Broker: Robin Abrams, Eastern Consolidated

“Kith Solidifies its “footing” with RFR @ 337 Lafayette Street in Noho” – 337 Lafayette Street

Broker: Jordan Claffey, RFR Realty

“A Food Lover’s Oasis in Starving Midtown East” – 570 Lexington Avenue

Brokers: Amira Yunis and Anthony Stanford of CBRE

“365 by Whole Foods Market hits Flatbush Avenue – BAM!!!” – 300 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Brokers: Jacqueline Klinger and Chase Welles of The Shopping Center Group

Registration is required to attend the 20th Annual Retail Deal of the Year Cocktail Party. Register online at