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NEW YORK CITY — Studio Museum in Harlem has signed a 26,000-square-foot office lease at 121 W. 125th St. The building, which is known as the Urban Empowerment Center and is located across from the actual museum, will also soon be home to the National Urban League headquarters as the organization returns to Harlem. Taconic Partners is leading the office component of the development. No third-party brokers were involved in the lease negotiations.

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NEW YORK CITY — An affiliate of New Jersey-based financial intermediary Cronheim Mortgage has arranged a $41 million loan for the refinancing of the 175-room Aloft New York Brooklyn Hotel. The property is located in the borough’s downtown area and offers a fitness center and an onsite restaurant and bar. Beau Williams of Cronheim originated the financing on behalf of the borrower, locally based investment firm The Lam Group. The direct lender was not disclosed.

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NEW YORK CITY — Brooklyn Fare Kitchen & Market has opened a 25,500-square-foot store within the One Manhattan Square residential tower on the Lower East Side. The deal marks the largest New York City store to date for the grocer, which offers prepared foods, sushi, a deli, produce, frozen foods and organic products. The store also features a coffee bar. Other locations in the city include Brooklyn, The West Village and Lincoln Square.

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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — Cleveland-based multifamily developer The NRP Group has completed Renaissance at Lincoln Park, a 179-unit workforce housing project in New Rochelle, located north of New York City. Residences feature a range of income restrictions.  The project included the construction of a 22,000-square-foot Boys & Girls Club facility with a gym, basketball court, recording studio, demonstration kitchen, administrative offices and other rooms for work and play. The NRP Group developed the project in partnership with Guion Renaissance Housing Development Finance Corp. (HDFC), Kensworth Consulting, The Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle and The City of New Rochelle. Construction began in January 2021.

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EAST SETAUKET, N.Y. — New York City-based Brixmor Property Group has acquired West Center, a 41,920-square-foot shopping center located in East Setauket on Long Island. The site along State Route 25A is adjacent to Brixmor’s Three Village Shopping Center and boasts a daily traffic count in excess of 18,000 vehicles. Grocer Wild by Nature anchors the property. Other tenants include Walgreens, Pure Barre, Starbucks and AT&T. The seller and sales price were not disclosed.

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NEW YORK CITY — A partnership between locally based developer Naftali Group and holding company Access Industries is underway on construction of Williamsburg Wharf, an 850-unit multifamily development in Brooklyn. The 3.8-acre site is located on Kent Avenue between Division Street and South 11th Street, adjacent to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Williamsburg Wharf will be a waterfront campus with five 22-story buildings that will also house retail and commercial space. Williamsburg Wharf will also feature an open lawn, public waterfront park, dog run and various walking and biking paths. The first phase is slated for a late 2025 completion.

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MELVILLE, N.Y. — A joint venture between Creation, a developer with offices in Phoenix and Dallas, and J.P. Morgan Asset Management has sold Baylis 495 Business Park, a 103,500-square-foot industrial facility located in the Long Island community of Melville. Miami-based REIT BentallGreenOak purchased the property for $44 million. The eight-acre site is located about a mile south of the Long Island Expressway, and the building features a clear height of 32 feet, 20 dock doors and two drive-in bays. Marc Duval of JLL brokered the deal. At the time of sale, Baylis 495 Business Park was fully leased to Keurig Dr. Pepper.

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NEW YORK CITY — Locally based investment and development firm Innovo Property Group is underway on construction of a 736,000-square-foot industrial project located at 28-90 Review Ave. in the Long Island City area of Queens. The six-story building, which is designed to accommodate two tenants per floor, will feature a clear height of 32 feet and parking for 166 cars and 118 trailers. Last summer, Innovo received $354 million in construction financing from Axos Bank and Cerberus Capital Management and equity from Goldman Sachs Asset Management. JLL arranged the financing, although details about the amount of each component within the capital stack were not disclosed. The topping out of the complex is slated for later this year. Full completion is scheduled for 2025.

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NEW YORK CITY — Locally based investment firm Benchmark Real Estate Group has acquired a 62-unit apartment building located at 194 E. 2nd St. in Manhattan’s East Village area for $43 million. The elevator- and doorman-served building was constructed in 1999 and houses one-, two-, four- five- and six-bedroom units as well as 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Joe Koicim, Logan Markley and Matt Berger of Marcus & Millichap represented the seller, Skyline Developers, which purchased the building in 2000, in the transaction.

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NEW YORK CITY — Bungalow Projects, a real estate investment firm specializing in media and content production facilities, in partnership with Boston-based Bain Capital Real Estate, has purchased an industrial development site in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn for $34 million. The partnership’s plans for the property at 145 Wolcott St. include a 225,000-square-foot production facility with four soundstages averaging 18,000 square feet each, as well as 82,000 square feet of ancillary production support space and 200 below-grade parking spaces. David Behin of Newmark represented ownership in its off-market purchase of the property.

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