Bankruptcy Provides Another Lifeline for WeWork While NYC Landlords Shudder

In another blow to the office industry, co-working giant WeWork finally bowed to the inevitable after a total of $16 billion in losses and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Newark last night. This was a case that had its origins well before the pandemic, but the trend to remote work hastened WeWork’s fall. The […]

Bankruptcy Provides Another Lifeline for WeWork While NYC Landlords Shudder2023-11-14T14:26:58-05:00

The Anticipated WeWork Bankruptcy and its Larger Significance

As our well-informed readers know, the Wall Street Journal has reported that WeWork expects to file for bankruptcy next week. For now, the WeWork bondholders have entered into a seven-day forbearance of the grace period to declare a default in order to provide additional time for negotiations.

It has been evident for many years that WeWork’s […]

The Anticipated WeWork Bankruptcy and its Larger Significance2023-11-06T13:39:00-05:00

The Growing Commercial Real Estate Threat Facing Our Economy / My Forbes.com Column

I recently attended a fascinating real estate investors’ conference for hedge funds, lenders and owners held by the Real Estate Limited Partner Institute. The talk of the conference was the almost complete inability of landlords (other than owners of tier 1 properties) to get any financing at all, except at exorbitant rates around 15% which […]

The Growing Commercial Real Estate Threat Facing Our Economy / My Forbes.com Column2023-11-14T14:36:08-05:00

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

We should think twice before turning NYC into Hades on the Hudson

There appears to be an unseemly rush to set up casinos in Manhattan. Every day there is a new proposal from a prospective operator.

However, don’t fall for the okey-doke. If the city places a bet on Lucky Dan, it’s sure to be stung just as in the movies. This is a desperate last gasp move […]

We should think twice before turning NYC into Hades on the Hudson2023-08-08T12:33:45-04:00

The Dominoes are Starting to Fall

There have been several excellent articles recently about whether the glass representing the future of New York and urban America is half empty or half full. We don’t yet know in a metaphorical sense. However, we do know that offices are literally half full with 49.6% employee attendance in New York City and 49.0% nationwide. […]

The Dominoes are Starting to Fall2023-08-08T12:35:56-04:00

Elon Musk shows the wrong way to get employees back to the office

Our well-informed readers are surely aware of the travails of Twitter following its recent takeover. Technology is not my field, but when Elon Musk mandated a return to office by employees that he later rescinded, I thought there might be helpful lessons for managers from the ensuing debacle in my area of expertise. Clearly, this […]

Elon Musk shows the wrong way to get employees back to the office2023-08-08T12:59:34-04:00

Ruth in the New York Times (8-29-2022)

Many of our readers likely saw today’s excellent lead article in the New York Times discussing the new Penn Station development project which is being spearheaded by Governor Hochul. I was pleased to be quoted in the article (see the click through below).

The project provides for a group of developers led by Vornado Realty Trust to […]

Ruth in the New York Times (8-29-2022)2023-08-08T13:35:43-04:00

Remote Work – a Slacker’s Paradise?

Some of our well-informed readers may recall about a year ago there was some attention paid to the concept of “lying flat“ in China, where burned out millennials were becoming discouraged from vigorously pursuing an ambitious career. Now we see another incarnation of the doctrine in the form of “quiet quitting” which has been widely […]

Remote Work – a Slacker’s Paradise?2023-08-08T13:59:21-04:00

Wharton Property Advisors – New National and International Affiliations 8/10/2021

I am pleased to pass on the exciting news that Wharton Property Advisors has been selected to join an exclusive international network of real estate agents representing tenants in approximately 70 cities worldwide. This new alliance which we helped create expands our capacity to assist clients in all the major cities and metropolitan areas in […]

Wharton Property Advisors – New National and International Affiliations 8/10/20212023-11-14T14:42:19-05:00
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