Retail Power Brokering, 2009

Last month, Robert Futterman, one of the most prominent and powerful names in Manhattan retail, sent out a press release touting his venerable eponymous brokerage’s latest blockbuster deal: “a 525-square-foot lease with Joe - The Art of Coffee at 514 Columbus Avenue.”

If square footage isn’t your vernacular, that’s about the size of your apartment. If you live in a studio. With the bathtub in the kitchen.

But talk about visibility! “The space features 20 feet of frontage and very high ceilings, which is rare for a space this size,” according to the Jan. 15 announcement.

For a guy who famously secured some 22,500 square feet at the GM Building for Apple founder Steve Jobs to hawk his tiny 3.  read more »

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