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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 Technology is not my field, but when Elon Musk mandated a return to office by employees that he later rescinded, I thought there might be helpful lessons for managers from the ensuing debacle in my area of expertise.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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]