Rosenberg & Estis PC Represents Whittle School & Studios in 620,000 Sq. Ft. Lease in Whittle’s First NY School

Rosenberg & Estis, P.C.


For Immediate Release

Shea Communications, LLC
George Shea, Mark Faris (212) 627-5766

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

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

Gary M. Rosenberg and Arielle Frost, members with Rosenberg & Estis, represented Whittle in the completion of its lease.

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 subspecialties with the following R&E attorneys: Jonathan S. Hacker provided support on the condominium issues, Benjamin M. Williams analyzed the ICAP benefits and Frank E. Chaney advised on zoning and land use. 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.

“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,” a firm member said.