Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Manhattan Law Firm Moving Some Offices to Brooklyn. Brooklyn Paper Cries Foul, Has Fun Making 'Podcast'

The Brooklyn Paper has issued another entertaining "podcast," starring BP editor Gersh Kuntzman and BP's Senior Reporter Mike McLaughlin. (It may not be a podcast but it's moving pictures, people.)

This one claims that Forest City Ratner Vice President Mary Anne Gilmartin "fabricated" some big news at Tuesday's Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable Tuesday. McLaughlin, who attended the Roundtable, claims that Gilmartin said that the big Manhattan law firm of Weil, Gotshal would soon relocate to 15 Metrotech.

"She said it was going to be front office space," podcasted BP editor Gersh Kuntzman. "What did it turn out to be?"

"The direct opposite: back office space," podcasted McLaughlin.

Another Forest City Ratner lie? Or just an overeager misinterpretation by an inexperienced observer? The story will no doubt roll out over the next day or so.

The Real Deal simply says that Weil, Gotshal is expanding into the space, which it will sublease from Wellpoint. The firm will use the office for "its information systems, finance and operations departments," according to the Real Deal.

But The Real Deal doesn't have a podcast.

UPDATE:
Atlantic Yards Report has more about this story.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

None of this really matters

bj said...

It seems like the reason for this podcast is to correct an earlier podcast the Brooklyn Paper made, which is no longer on the site.

Anonymous said...

More details at Eagle:
http://www.brooklyneagle.com/
categories/category.php?category_
id=5&id=20390

Anonymous said...

Wow, the head of Weil's real estate group is either a horribly clueless lawyer or is living in the same SATC Manhattan-centric dreamworld where subway maps don't exist.

"Rosen emphasizes that Weil's current Manhattan lease on 500,000 square feet of space in The General Motors Building isn't set to expire until 2019 and the firm has no plans to leave that location. But MetroTech's proximity--"It's only three or four subway stops away," Rosen says--convinced the firm to sign a 12-year lease."
http://amlawdaily.typepad.com/amlawdaily/2008/05/a-law-firm-weil.html

Three or four? Try 15 on the R from 5th Av/59th St to Lawrence/MetroTech, genius.

Anonymous said...

If no one's willing to dig into bruce the Bag man, then really, folks, none of this matters....does this law firm have any clients in common with FCR?

Anytime this guy gets in a jam, somebody Usually with state money, but private funds will do, jumps in and starts bailing him and his Ohio Family out, and then its returned many fold.

Ask the questions, and yes FTM, then it may matter.