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Car deal takes Bobʼs space

Volkswagen is set to open a car dealership in the former Bob’s Discount Furniture space at 6 Hutton Avenue in Nanuet, NY.


Brian Katz, CEO of Katz & Associates, announced the 30,000 s/f of the free-standing building located in Rockland County’s busiest shopping corridor.

Following the completion an extensive renovation, Volkswagon is slated to open in mid 2020. Donny Moskovic of Katz & Associates represented the landlord and Scott Milich of Goldstein Group represented the tenant.

“We had many offers on the property and mostly from non-traditional retailers with the most aggressive from car companies,” said Moskovic.

“Due to the changing climate in retail, ownership felt that repurposing the property for a car dealership made sense for them.”

Thor signs three-year lease for Scribner space

Thor Equities Group has leased nearly 13,000 s/f at 597 Fifth Avenue to Club Monaco for a three year term.


Constructed in 1912-1913 for the prestigious Charles Scribner’s Sons Bookstore, 597 Fifth Avenue is known for its landmarked façade and interior which boasts a grand staircase, 31 ft. ceilings, and 55 ft. of exposure on Fifth Avenue.

Near the new Lululemon, Sephora, and Puma flagships, as well as H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue, the property is across from Rockefeller Center.

“An exceptionally elegant building with a rich history, 597 Fifth Avenue offers Club Monaco an unrivaled opportunity to intrigue crowds on Fifth Avenue,” said Thor Equities Group chairman Joe Sitt.

With this announcement, Thor’s entire upper Fifth Avenue portfolio is now 100 percent leased.

The office portion of 597 Fifth Avenue includes tenants Burma Bibas, Reclaim NY, Yieldstreet Inc., and recently announced Knotel.

Knotel also signed a lease for 11,800 s/f at another Thor property, 590 Fifth Avenue, which is fully leased to tenants including Sunglass Hut, AT&T, and Columbia University Medical Center.

Drama over for book shop

The Drama Book Shop will reopen its doors in March 2020 at its new Times Square home at 266 West 39th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, one block away from its last location.

The independent bookstore was forced from its longtime midtown Manhattan home in January.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, producer Jeffrey Seller, and theatre impresario James L. Nederlander, with guidance from The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin, took it over, found a new home and will continue to operate it.

In business for nearly 100 years, the shop specializes in all things printed for the theater or arts lover.

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