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Tarter Krinsky & Drogin's Construction Practice Leads Cultural Revivals in Brooklyn and Queens

September 18, 2017

Leaders in the Law featured several of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s recent high-profile construction matters in an article, "Tarter Krinsky’s Construction Practice Leads Cultural Revivals in Brooklyn and Queens.” The highlighted matters reinforce the firm’s focus on advising the development community behind the latest hotel, residential, retail and arts projects in cutting-edge New York City neighborhoods.

The article notes that the firm is working on construction/real estate deals that are greatly improving the Big Apple’s culture and nightlife. These matters include:

  • Representing Cayuga Capital in the joint venture behind the $55 million acquisition and development of the Brooklyn Mirage in East Williamsburg. The entertainment complex encompasses a 6,000-person, 80,000-square-foot site that includes indoor and year-round facilities. In addition to hosting the world’s top DJs, the Mirage will also host movie screenings, fashion shows and art events. Led by Construction practice chair David Pfeffer, the TKD team successfully solved various license and permit issues while satisfying the needs of the project’s construction lenders. The New York Times recently highlighted the club’s opening in a feature article, noting that the “nightclub opened [on July 1] as a architecturally ambitious destination for deep house and techno parties.”

  • In Flushing, Queens, the firm represented Xin Development in its ability to transform the long abandoned RKO Keith Theater. The landmark has been shuttered closed since 1984 and Xin plans to restore the theater offsite and install a new residential building in its place. The theater is surrounded by 21 properties owned by different owners, and TKD has been tasked to negotiate access agreements with each of them so that New York building code required protection can be installed during the demolition and the eventual rebuilding of the property. These complicated tasks required court proceedings with five of the neighboring properties. Construction partner Laurie Stanziale is handling the negotiation of the access agreements with assistance from associate Sean Scuderi.

  • The firm also continues to represent Nitehawk Cinemas with its New York expansion. Nitehawk is the foremost innovator in New York that introduced dine-in cinemas with alcohol service and expanded film-related programming, similar to the Curzon Cinemas in the UK. We have carried out a wide range of work for the client over the last five years, starting notably by persuading the State of New York to change its liquor regulations to allow Nitehawk to sell alcoholic beverages to be consumed during film screenings. The past year has seen us act on one of our most interesting projects to date for Nitehawk, which was recently profiled in The New York Times – we provided all of the business and legal services related to the acquisition, financing and ongoing construction and development of the new Pavilion Theatre on Prospect Park, which is a $50 million project in Brooklyn’s booming Park Slope neighborhood. Construction practice chair David Pfeffer is leading this matter.

TKD's top-ranked Construction practice partners with clients on some of the most significant construction and development projects in New York and beyond. We represent some of the world’s leading corporate and institutional owners and developers in transactional and dispute-related construction matters. We handle every aspect of a construction matter from agreements to leasing to financing to any resulting litigation. In addition, our construction and real estate lawyers often team up to provide integrated construction-real estate services. We often draw upon the resources of our full-service firm, and work closely with colleagues in our other practices, including litigation, corporate, bankruptcy, tax and immigration, among other areas depending on our clients’ needs. Read more about our Construction practice.

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