GAIA Real Estate Expands Downtown Manhattan Portfolio with Norfolk Street Acquisition

GAIA Real Estate has announced the closing of 106 Norfolk Street, an apartment building with ground floor retail in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The building consists of 28 residential units and 2 retail suites.

The acquisition of 106 Norfolk comes on the heels of GAIA’s recent purchase of 3 other assets in the Lower East Side and is within a few minutes’ walk from most of GAIA’s downtown portfolio.

“This is an additional building for our growing portfolio in NYC and fits our strategy of investing in properties in strong areas of the city that attract young professionals,” said Danny Fishman, GAIA’s CEO. “The property will also help us grow our NYC retail portfolio in an area where retail is booming as a result of the changing work-from-home dynamics.”

106 Norfolk offers great locational advantage, accessible by 3 metro stations and 6 subway lines and within walking distance of SoHo, TriBeCa, and the East Village. Essex Crossing, a transformational mixed-use development with 350,000 SF of office space, 300,000 SF of retail space, 100,000 SF of green space and over 1,000 residential units, is one block away. 106 Norfolk has been well maintained and renovated over the last decade. Building layouts are efficient while offering a variety of units; two thirds of the units are 1-bedroom, and the remainder are 2-bedroom units. The majority of units are free market.

“We continue to believe in downtown Manhattan’s post-COVID resurgence and its draw as a center of live/work/play for renters and consumers alike,” added David Kusy, a Partner at GAIA. “Furthermore, this asset complements our existing portfolio as we continue to execute on our NYC recovery strategy.”

The property’s retail component fits naturally into the dynamic and thriving Lower East Side neighborhood. Retail tenants include Nurse Bettie’s, a favorite among bar enthusiasts, and La Contenta, a celebrated Mexican eatery.

Attorney Moty Ben Yona of Gambrell & Russell LLP represented GAIA in this transaction.

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