Carlyle to buy NYC retail spot for $525m – report

The world’s second largest private equity firm is reportedly preparing to buy the retail portion of an office tower in Manhattan.

The Carlyle Group is about to buy the retail portion of a Manhattan office tower, according to a report today by Bloomberg.

Sources told the news service that Carlyle would by the retail portion of 666 Fifth Avenue in New York for $525 million (€336 million). The transaction would help the owner, real estate investor and New York Observer publisher Jared Kushner, repay debt. Kushner purchased the building last year for $1.8 billion.

The sources said that Crown Acquisitions would be brought on as a leasing partner.

666 Fifth Avenue is made up of 1.5 million square feet and has about 90,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, with three main stores. Those spaces are currently occupied by the National Basketball Association store, Hickey-Freeman, and Brooks Brothers, which has reportedly agreed to move out next year.

Earlier this month Carlyle acquired nearby 650 Madison Avenue for $680 million with Ashkenazy Acquisition.
Both Kushner and Carlyle declined to comment on the report.