Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. represents Whittle School & Studios in 620,000 s/f

February 18, 2020 - Front Section

Brooklyn, NY Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. represented Whittle School & Studios in completing a 20-year lease for the entire 10-story 620,000 s/f space at The Wheeler Building at 181 Livingston St., a tower built over the historic Macy’s building developed by Tishman Speyer. 

Mark Aloia, Gary Rosenberg and Arielle Frost, members with Rosenberg & Estis, represented Whittle in the completion of its lease. The landlord, Tishman Speyer, was represented by Davis & Gilbert, with assistance from Kramer Levin on condominium matters and Marcus and Pollack on real estate tax.

In addition to the intricacies relating to the size of the space and specialized use, the matter required tackling a series of complex construction, condominium and real estate tax benefit (ICAP) issues. 

The firm leveraged its sub-specialties with the following R&E attorneys: Jonathan Hacker provided support on the condominium issues, Benjamin Williams analyzed the ICAP benefits, Arthur Silverman advised on the construction issues and Frank Chaney advised on zoning and land use. 

“We’re pleased to have represented the Whittle School in its New York launch. From start to finish, the project demanded a range of expertise that our firm was proud to offer,” Aloia said.  

The premises will house the first Whittle School in New York and its second location in the U.S. Whittle School & Studios was founded by Chris Whittle, the education entrepreneur behind Edison Schools and Avenues: The World School. 

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