Excavation Begins At 10 West 55th Street in Midtown, Manhattan

04.06.2023New York Yimby

Skyline Developers breaks ground on a Morris Adjmi Architects designed residential development site in the Plaza District.

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This Week’s N.Y. Deal Sheet: Top Leases


Skyline Developers makes Biznow’s “Top Leases” list with new office leases totaling 21,000 square feet at 20 West 55th Street. The Plaza District boutique office tower appeals to new tenants ranging from financial firms to art galleries looking to call this 'steps from 5th Avenue' location their home.

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Valley Bank Renews Branch Lease at 1040 Ave of the Americas

08.19.2022Connect CRE

Valley Bank demonstrates its strong commitment to the Bryant Park neighborhood with a 10-year lease renewal at 1040 Avenue of the Americas.

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The Wilf family’s Skyline Developers has nailed down 82,427 square feet in 13 new leases at 1040 Sixth Avenue

11.21.2021New York Post

Skyline Developers signs 13 new leases at premiere Midtown office tower 1040 Avenue of the Americas, totaling over 82,000 rentable square feet. The growing roster of prestigious tenants includes top 50 CPA firm The Bonadio Group, attorneys Meirowitz & Wasserberg and software developer Brightidea.

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New life’s in sight for 9 W. 54th St., a pair of landmarked 19th-century red-brick townhouses offered by Skyline Developers

10.24.2021New York Post

Landmarked Gilded Age mansion designed by renowned architects McKim, Mead and White offered for lease by Skyline Developers. Interested parties include financial firms, embassies and art galleries looking for a unique space to carve out their piece of history.

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Law Firm Leases 10,000 s/f at 1040 Avenue of the Americas

10.07.2021Real Estate Weekly

Appealing Midtown office tower 1040 Avenue of the Americas offers modern convenience to Spivak Lipton, a law firm focused on protecting employee rights looking for a fresh start. The law firm settles into 10,000 square feet of brand new office space after 30 years at their former location.

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Co-Working from Your Apartment Building

06.18.2021New York Times

Skyline Developers Founder and President Orin Wilf discusses how the firm’s latest rental project will cater to the evolving live/work dynamic by offering private offices, conference rooms and co-working spaces exclusively for resident use.

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Work Completed at ML House at 1050 Sixth Avenue

04.15.2019New York Yimby

Work has completed at 1050 Sixth Avenue, a 24-story building designed by Gene Kaufman Architects and developed by Skyline Developers. Called ML House, it sits to the south of Bryant Park by the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 40th Street. The tower is fully enclosed and features 62 studio to two-bedroom units that are now 50 percent leased. This is the only ground-up residential rental building surrounding Bryant Park.

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Wilf family scores $91M mortgage for mysterious Midtown compound

03.13.2019The Real Deal

Skyline Developers expands its Midtown Manhattan portfolio with the purchase of 9 West 54th Street and 10 West 55th Street. This acquisition, coupled with the developer’s recent procurement of 12-18 West 55th Street and securing of sizable financing indicate that exciting new developments are on the horizon for the Wilf Family.

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Real-Estate Bigwigs Buy 19th-Century Manhattan Compound

03.07.2019Wall Street Journal

Skyline Developers acquires two adjoining landmarked limestone-and-brick homes at 9-11 West 54th Street as part of a package deal that also includes a small office building. The purchase adds to the Wilf real estate family’s expanding portfolio on 54th and 55th Streets which includes a development site and the company’s offices located in the Rockefeller Townhouses.

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The Wilf Family just bought this sprawling Midtown compound for $75M

03.07.2019The Real Deal

The Wilf’s, the family behind Skyline Developers, purchase 9-11 West 54th Street and 10 West 55th Street. The acquisition includes two adjoining, landmarked townhomes and a small office building.

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Sweet French eatery signs lease for new Midtown tower

02.26.2019New York Post

Angelina Paris leases 4,000 sq. ft. of prime Sixth Avenue retail space at Skyline Developers’ new ground-up Bryant Park development, ML House. The world-renowned patisserie known for its decadent hot chocolate and notable clientele will bring its French delicacies and authentic modern French cuisine and Parisian atmosphere to their first US location in Midtown Manhattan.

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Back in Fashion: Garment District earns surprise top spot among hot neighborhoods

01.09.2019Real Estate Weekly

Traditionally known as a fashion-focused commercial sector, the Garment District neighborhood is undergoing a residential evolution. The District ranked number three on Property Shark's annual list of most expensive New York neighborhoods. New developments such as Skyline Developers' ground-up rental tower, ML House, help to elevate the neighborhood's status as a residential hot spot.

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New NYC apartments for rent: Fall 2018


Fall is just around the corner, which can only mean one thing: New York’s real estate market is about to pick up, and quickly. And of course, that can only mean one thing for real estate aficionados: It’s time to look at the many, many, many rentals that will be hitting New York’s real estate market in the next few months. From megaprojects to affordable apartments, these are the major rental projects to keep an eye on this fall. Curbed names ML House, Skyline Developers' ground-up residential tower on Bryant Park, one to watch.

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New Rendering, Façade Installation Half-Finished For 1050 Sixth Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan

06.01.2018New York Yimby

Progress is moving forward on a new rental building in the heart of Midtown. After topping out in November 2017, 1050 Sixth Avenue’s glass and façade installation have now reached halfway up. The 24-story building is rising half a block away from Bryant Park. Skyline Developers is responsible for the project.

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Silverstein, Rose Associates, Alchemy Properties on Timing the Market


Timing the market, picking the best location and building the right product to lure tenants were all topics Levine and other speakers addressed at Bisnow’s Multifamily Annual Conference Tri-State event Wednedsay. More than 300 people attended the event, which was held in the marketing space at RXR Realty’s 32 Old Slip in Lower Manhattan. The speakers included Boston Capital’s Jack Manning, RXR’s Seth Pinsky and Meridian Capital Group CEO Ralph Herzka.

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ML House Gets Clad; Bryant Park's First Luxury Rental Set to Debut Summer 2018

04.05.2018City Realty

Progress continues at ML House, a new luxury rental currently under construction across the street from Bryant Park. Set to launch this summer, the 24-story building will have 62 residences in studio to three-bedroom layouts. Citi Habitats New Developments will handle leasing. The 24-story, 62-unit project is from Skyline Developers and designed by Gene Kaufman Architects (GKA). The building has been named “ML House” for its address translated to Roman numerals. Many homes will have gracious views of the park, one of the city's most coveted gems, and some will offer private outdoor space. The building topped out last year and its facade, made of glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC), is now being installed.

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Bryant Park Happenings; Developers Zero in on Midtown's Rejuvenated Oasis

03.20.2018City Realty

“Bryant Park has become a destination with family-friendly activities (ice skating rink at Bryant Park), as well as important restaurant names that are steadily moving in and grocery stores like Whole Foods, not to mention the close proximity to multiple subway lines - it is a central location and easy to get uptown or downtown. We built a luxury rental building, ML House, to satisfy the demand for the influx of people moving to this vibrant location - it is attracting New Yorkers and people from across the globe. Not everyone realizes how centrally located Bryant Park is and its proximity to the best theater (theater district), it is the heart and pulse of New York.”

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"Future Home of Upscale": Skyline Developers Unfurl Banners for Prime Midtown Site

02.27.2018City Realty

At the epicenter of Manhattan high-end real estate, Orin Wilf’s Skyline Developers is planning a new development from a long-fallow lot at 12-18 West 55th Street . Sited just off Fifth Avenue, the lot is surrounded by trophy towers such as the Peninsula Hotel next door, 712 Fifth Avenue, the Crown Building and Trump Tower . Last year, the New York Post reported that Skyline closed on the site last summer for $83 million, roughly $600 per square foot. JD Carlisle Development, who is also developing a new tower at 132 Madison was the site’s previous owner. While Wilf told the Post, nothing will be officially started until late 2018, workers and equipment can now be seen milling about the cleared lot. Recently-installed signage emblazons the construction fence, hailing the property as “The Future Home of Upscale.”

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Skyline refinances New York City properties

11.16.2017Real Estate Weekly

Skyline Developers announced it has secured $59.5 million to refinance several of the company's New York City properties. The company, led by Orin Wilf, secured $38 million for 13-15 West 54th Street and 20 West 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan. The financing was arranged by HFF through JP Morgan Chase.

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Selling Points: Skyline Developers Buys Plaza District Site

09.22.2017Real Estate Weekly

Holliday Fenoglio Fowler announced the $83 million sale and acquisition financing of 12-18 West 55th Street, an 8,000 s/f development site located adjacent to the University Club and Peninsula Hotel in the Plaza District. The HFF team marketed the property on behalf of the seller, a partnership between Barings and Lincoln Property Company, and procured the buyer, Skyline Developers, the New York affiliate of Garden Homes Development. Additionally, HFF worked on behalf of the new owner to secure acquisition financing. The site sits less than 200 feet west of the Fifth Avenue retail corridor near the Museum of Modern Art, Broadway Theater District and Central Park.

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Eagle's View Capital Management signs lease at Rockefeller Townhouses

09.12.2017New York Times

Eagle’s View Capital Management, an investment manager for high-net-worth individuals and family offices, has signed a 10-year lease for the entire 3,608-square-foot third floor in this 1897 five-story landmark townhouse, once home to the Standard Oil billionaire John D. Rockefeller Sr., and to members of his family until the 1980s. The space features original brickwork, ceilings 10 to 17 feet high, and two recently exposed fireplaces.

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Wilf welcomes two new tenants at 1040 6th Ave

09.06.2017Real Estate Weekly

Skyline Developers, the New York affiliate of Garden Homes Development, one of the largest family owned and operated residential and commercial builders in the country, today announced that 1040 Avenue of the Americas is now fully leased.

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Skyline Developers scoops up vacant Midtown site for $83M

08.23.2017The Real Deal

Orin Wilf‘s Skyline Developers just purchased a vacant site next to the Peninsula Hotel for $83 million. The company, the New York subsidiary of Garden Homes Development, purchased 12- 18 West 55th Street from Cornerstone Properties, the New York Post reported. The property could host up to 150,000-square-feet of mixed-use construction.

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Skyline Developers buys vacant space next to Peninsula Hotel

08.22.2017New York Post

A stalled Plaza District site that’s been bouncing around for a decade may have finally landed in the deep pockets of a developer who can get it done. Orin Wilf’s Skyline Developers has just purchased the now-vacant land that runs from 12 to 18 W. 55th St. — right next to the Peninsula Hotel — and can host 150,000 square feet for a mixed-use property. This New York affiliate of Garden Homes Development closed on the deal on Tuesday for $83 million.

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New York Building Congress signs lease at 1040 6th Avenue

08.08.2017New York Times

New York Building Congress, a membership association and lobbying group for the construction industry, which also collects construction data and organizes conferences, has signed a 10-year lease for the entire 21st floor at 1040 Avenue of the Americas, a 24-story office tower built in 1950 owned by Skyline Developers.

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Adecco Establishes Flagship Office in Manhattan

05.05.2017Commercial Property Executive

The company has inked a long-term lease for an entire floor at 1040 Ave. of the Americas. NGKF represented the owner, Skyline Developers, while CBC Advisors acted on behalf of the tenant. Fortune 500 company Adecco has inked a 10-year lease to occupy 9,900 square feet on the entire 19th floor at 1040 Ave. of the Americas in New York City. NGKF’s Executive Vice President William Cohen, Associate Director Andrew Weisz and JD Cohen arranged the transaction on behalf of the landlord, Garden Homes Development-owned Skyline Developers. CBC Advisors’ Peter Sabesan and Jonathan Bock represented the tenant.

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Skyline Developers Signs 10-Year Lease with Adecco at 1040 Avenue of the Americas

05.04.2017City Biz List

Skyline Developers, the New York affiliate of Garden Homes Development, one of the largest family owned and operated residential and commercial builders in the country, today announced that it has signed a 10-year lease with Adecco to occupy the entire 19th floor of its 24-story office building at 1040 Avenue of the Americas.

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Adecco leases at 1040 6th Avenue

05.03.2017Real Estate Weekly

Skyline Developers announced that it has signed a 10-year lease with Adecco to occupy the entire 9,739 s/f 9th floor of its 24-story office building at 1040 Avenue of the Americas. Adecco is the world's leading staffing agency with over 450 locations in the US and a presence in more than 60 countries across the globe.

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Construction Rises Above Street Level on 24- Story, 62-Unit Mixed-Use Project at 1050 Sixth Avenue, Midtown

04.20.2017New York Yimby

The building will contain 62 rental apartments, averaging 833 square feet apiece, across the second through 24th floors. There will also be 2,710 square feet of ground- floor retail space. Skyline Developers, which is the New York City branch of Garden Homes Development, is the developer. Gene Kaufman’s SoHo-based firm is the design and executive architect. Completion is expected in Summer 2018.

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Two new leases at 1040 Avenue of the Americas

02.02.2017Real Estate Weekly

Skyline Developers has signed two new tenants at 1040 Avenue of the Americas: InviteManager and Positive Perspectives Corporation.

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Henricksen signs lease at 1040 6th Ave

01.11.2017Real Estate Weekly

Henricksen is a leading contract furniture dealership with annual sales in excess of $227 million. They have leased 8,282 s/f space for a "living lab" that functions both as Henricksen's office and a pilot space to demonstrate how furniture responds to the changing nature of work in an actual working environment.

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Henricksen signs lease at 1040 Avenue of the Americas

12.27.2016New York Times

Henricksen, an office furniture supplier, based in Itasca, Ill., has signed a 10-year lease for its showroom and offices on the entire 8,282-square-foot 22nd floor at 1040 Avenue of the Americas, a 24-story 1925 office tower in the Bryant Park area. The space has views of the Empire State Building. A renovation of the building’s lobby and elevator was completed in August. The building is owned by Skyline Developers.

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At the desk of: Orin Wilf

12.01.2016The Real Deal

The developer on working out of Rockefeller's former digs, his 'easiest' real estate deal, and the love affair with koalas.

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Developers confident that Downtown can absorb $2.3M retail pipeline


Downtown Manhattan used to be a ghost town after 8pm and on weekends, but over the last few years, it's transformed as developers realized the area’s cheap prices and bevy of transit options. But can the good times last? Offices will always be strong as long as Wall Street exists, but can the flood of new retail sustain itself? Three industry players certainly think so.

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Skyline Developers secures $59.5M loan for Midtown properties

11.18.2016Real Estate Weekly

Skyline Developers announced it has secured $59.5 million to refinance several of the company’s New York City properties. The company, led by Orin Wilf, secured $38 million for 13-15 West 54th Street and 20 West 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan. The financing was arranged by HFF through JP Morgan Chase. A further $21.5 million was arranged through State Farm Realty Mortgage for 194 East 2nd Street, a six-story building with ground floor retail and 61 rental residences located in the East Village. The loans come just over a month after Skyline secured $100 million to refinance its office building at 1040 Avenue of The Americas.

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Skyline Developers secures $100M to refinance 1040 Sixth Avenue

09.27.2016The Real Deal

Skyline Developers landed a $100 million loan from Prudential to refinance its 23-story Garment District office building at 1040 Sixth Avenue, according to property records filed with the city Tuesday. The loan consolidates an existing mortgage from Bank of America and includes an additional $37.8 million.

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Skyline Developers Signs Cougar Capital to 10-Year Deal for Entire 10th Floor at 20 West 55th Street

09.20.2016City Biz List

Skyline Developers, the New York affiliate of Garden Homes Development, one of the largest family owned and operated residential and commercial builders in the country, today announced that it has signed new tenant Cougar Capital LLC to a 10-year lease deal at their 13- story office building at 20 West 55th Street.

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Skyline breaks ground for Bryant Park apartment building

06.22.2016Real Estate Weekly

Orin Wilf’s Skyline Developers recently broke ground on 1050 Avenue of the Americas, a 24-story luxury rental building. Gene Kaufman, of GKA Architects, was commissioned to design the building, which is located in the heart of Bryant Park between 39th and 40th Streets. Occupancy is slated for Fall 2018.

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Skyline announces renovation at 1040 Avenue of Americas

11.12.2015Real Estate Weekly

Skyline Developers has announced a multi-million dollar renovation at 1040 Avenue of the Americas. The 24-story office building, which recently underwent a detailed restoration of the façade, will receive an interior facelift to further align the property with the new contemporary standard of the increasingly popular Bryant Park submarket. Skyline has retained architectural firm, Spector Group, to upgrade the lobby, main entrance and ground floor retail storefronts. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank recently represented Skyline a 10-year lease extension and expansion to 7,847 s/f with Charles River Systems, Inc. on the 16th floor of the building.

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Skyline’s 200 East 79th Street now 50 percent sold

11.20.2012The Real Deal

The 39-unit Upper East Side condominium 200 East 79th Street is now more than 50 percent sold, according to the Wilf family’s Skyline Developers. Apartments at the property, marketed by Stribling & Associates’ Alexa Lambert, went on sale last month. The 19-story building, on the corner of Third Avenue, is expected to be ready for occupancy in the third quarter of 2013. Ten units in the CetraRuddy-designed building were already under contract by mid-October, as The Real Deal reported. Prospective buyers now have three-bedroom, four-bedroom and five-bedroom units, as well as five- bedroom penthouses, to choose from. They span 1,920 square feet to 5,100 square feet. Asking prices for the remaining units start at $3.9 million.

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Inside Secretive Upper East Side Condo 200 East 79th Street


The 39-unit building at 200 East 79th Street unveiled itself in early October, after much caginess. The sales office is partly staged to look like an apartment, so Curbed photographer Will Femia headed over to take some photos and lift the veil of secrecy once and for all. Skyline Developers' Orin Wilf, who spent seven years assembling the site for this project, told the marketing team to rely on "location and visibility" to sell the building. There were 25 signed contracts, with another eight contracts out to potential buyers.

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Commerical Real Estate: The 30-Minute Interview

11.13.2012New York Times

Mr. Wilf, 38, is founder and president of Skyline Developers, a division of Garden Homes Development of Short Hills, N.J., which owns and operates apartment units, retail centers, office buildings and hotels nationwide. Skyline’s latest development is a luxury condominium at 200 East 79th Street.

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Rising East 79th St. Buildings Pay Homage to Pre-War Architecture

10.12.2012DNA Info

Amid the grand pre-War buildings on the Upper East Side, two ultra- high-end residential towers, rising within a block of each other on East 79th Street, are making their mark not by adding sleek glassy silhouettes to the streetscape but by giving nods to the old. At 200 E. 79th St., near Third Avenue, the 19-story building with 39 residences will evoke the area’s pre-war aesthetic with its Indiana Limestone, granite and textured stone facade complimented by bronze-toned windows and articulated lintels, the designers explained.

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Secretive 200 East 79th Street Now Officially On the Market


The apartment building going up at 200 East 79th Street has been cagey about design, pricing, and on-market date, letting passersby see only a mini model of the building above its sidewalk shed. The building is officially for sale, and its full website is live. That website lists eight units for sale, ranging in price from $2.855 million for a 3BR, 3.5BA to $7.35 million for a 5BR, 5.5BA, and a press release tells us prices will go all the way up to more than $14 million. The finishes, including walnut cabinet and oak floors, aim for a classic aesthetic.

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Architecture review: At new East 79th Street tower, a stone-and-glass pas de deux

08.24.2012The Real Deal

The 200 East 79th Street project — brought to us be The Wilf family’s Skyline Developers — is sufficiently far along, and a 3D rendering of sorts has appeared on the building’s scaffolding, to give a far better sense of what, for the next century or so, will occupy this important corner of the Upper East Side at the intersection of 79th Street and Third Avenue.

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Tiffany, Hermes Lead Luxury Downtown

10.08.2007The Sun

When Tiffany & Co. opens its new downtown store at 37 Wall St., its signature blue boxes with white ribbons will join a growing mix of high-end shopping bags sprouting along the area's narrow streets. Together with the trademark orange bags from the recently opened Hermès store, the infusion of new color portends a transformation of retail in the historic financial district, where high-end jewelers and clothiers burgeon amid a changing downtown.

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Über-Wealthy Flock to Soon-To-Open East End Avenue Tower

08.09.2007The Sun

The luxury condominium at 170 East End Ave., between 87th and 88th streets could open as soon as October. Its residents will include the president of Vornado Realty Trust, Michael Fascitelli; an heir to the Bronfman family fortune, Adam Bronfman; a prominent Manhattan art dealer, Dominique Levy; the founder of the clothing chain Club Monaco, Joseph Mimram, and a number of other boldfaced names.

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Tiffany Blue Going to Wall Street

06.21.2006New York Post

Legendary jeweler Tiffany is opening a store on Wall Street, joining a quickening rivulet of high-end retailers taking the plunge in the heart of the old Financial District. Tiffany has signed a lease for 7,700 square feet at 37 Wall St., the former American Trust Co. building that Skyline Development, the Manhattan affiliate of privately held Garden Homes Development, is converting into 373 luxury rental apartments. It will be Tiffany’s first Manhattan store in addition to its Fifth Avenue flagship.

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Building 'Suburban' Luxury in the Sky

06.05.2005New York Times

Mr. Wilf, whose company is called Skyline Developers, said that when he went to the 14th floor of the hospital in the spring of 2004, surveyed the park at his feet and the water views beyond, he told the agent, "I will guarantee you I will buy this property." Six months later his company bought the Rockefeller town houses at 13-15 West 54th Street, opposite the Museum of Modern Art, for $41 million. He is refurbishing them as his company's New York offices (his personal office is the room where Nelson A. Rockefeller died of a heart attack in 1979).

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