Yes WeWork Can (for Now)

If anyone was wondering whether WeWork can confirm its bankruptcy plan, the answer is yes WeWork can. While a court hearing on confirmation of the plan is scheduled for May 30, its emergence from Chapter 11 is essentially a foregone conclusion at this stage. I say that because I consulted with Eric, who is also […]

Yes WeWork Can (for Now)2024-05-23T10:53:04-04:00

Miami Nice, New York Better; How to Revitalize NYC to Compete Effectively

While in Miami last week, I made sure to make time for an extensive tour of the downtown Brickell business district. One phrase I heard repeatedly from the locals is that they were trying to create a mini Manhattan on the shores of Biscayne Bay. However, unlike the conventional commentary from New York chauvinists like […]

Miami Nice, New York Better; How to Revitalize NYC to Compete Effectively2024-05-21T14:37:33-04:00

The National Guard in NYC Subways – A Good Idea That Needs Tweaking

Everybody wants to be safe. Apparently, the word is out that it may not be safe on the New York City subways, so Governor Kathy Hochul has stepped into the breach and is providing 1000 New York national guardsmen and state police to check bags at the entrance to major subway stations like Grand Central […]

The National Guard in NYC Subways – A Good Idea That Needs Tweaking2024-04-30T11:37:22-04:00

The WeWork Bankruptcy – What Comes Next?

Karl (not Groucho) Marx, citing Hegel as the source, famously said that history appears first as tragedy, twice as farce. While I will spare you from a dialectic, suffice it to say that the WeWork bankruptcy might be an example of what these famous economic and social philosophers had in mind. Let me explain by […]

The WeWork Bankruptcy – What Comes Next?2024-04-30T11:28:55-04:00

The State Of Commercial Real Estate Could Be A Lot Worse

It is well known that the commercial real estate industry, and most particularly the office sector, has been reeling from the double whammy of remote work combined with a 525 basis point increase in interest rates. But here’s the good news – the situation could be a lot worse. There may be two strikes on […]

The State Of Commercial Real Estate Could Be A Lot Worse2024-04-30T11:22:21-04:00

The New Queens Soccer Stadium / A Good News Story

With all the tumult in the commercial office market, I thought that a good news story would be a nice subject as the new year is now well underway. Soccer aficionados are probably aware that New York City has reached an agreement with Major League Soccer’s New York City Football Club (NYCFC) to […]

The New Queens Soccer Stadium / A Good News Story2024-04-30T11:14:18-04:00

There’s Never Been a Better Time to be an Office Tenant / Ruth in Fast Company

I was pleased to participate in a fascinating report just released in Fast Company. While titled as an eight-point guide for designing an office that office workers actually want to return to, it also contained a discussion of the state of the office market in several major cities and the views of several real estate […]

There’s Never Been a Better Time to be an Office Tenant / Ruth in Fast Company2024-04-30T11:09:00-04:00

Mr. Musk misses the mark – getting employees to the office requires a practical solution

With all the controversial things that Elon Musk says, even our well-informed readers may not have seen his interesting comment in his recent CNBC interview that employees going to the office is a “moral issue”. In the interview, Mr. Musk opined that “I kind of think that the whole notion of work from home is […]

Mr. Musk misses the mark – getting employees to the office requires a practical solution2023-08-08T12:22:13-04:00

Power to the Pedestrians

There has been a lot going on lately, so it is possible that even our well-informed readers missed the interesting news that in a special referendum in Paris, local citizens voted overwhelmingly to ban rented e-scooters by 89-11%. Apparently, the chaos and accidents caused by these motorized menaces was too much for Parisian pedestrians to […]

Power to the Pedestrians2023-08-08T12:26:16-04:00

How New York Avoids the Doom Loop

Last week there was an article in the New York Times profiling Columbia Business School professor Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh, who is concerned about a potential “doom loop“ for New York City arising from the decline of the office sector. A couple of days later Bloomberg reported a that a recent study by Stanford work from […]

How New York Avoids the Doom Loop2023-08-08T12:29:54-04:00
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