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URBY Staten IslandIt all starts in the trenches.  That’s where the dream begins, ideas are birthed, and plans are set in motion. What a proud day it is when $133M refinances are being funded in our backyard on projects we played such a critical role in.  


Today I read with great pride, the article in the Commercial Observer, about the refinance of URBY.  I remember David Barry, from IronState Development, coming to Staten Island to look at multiple sites.  We brokered for NYCEDC for the property that is now URBY. Having been a part of so many transformative deals such as URBY, Empire Outlets, The Accolades, The Pointe, and The View our focus has been on the reshaping of the commercial real estate landscape on the North Shore of Staten Island. 


The second

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Empire OutletsCasandra Properties is excited to announce that Broome & Greene will be opening their first outlet store at Empire Outlets.  Our CEO, James Prendamano was quoted saying “Broome & Greene covers another best-in-class category bringing quality modern furniture and lighting to the already outstanding lineup of tenants”.


Broome & Greene offers quality modern furniture, lighting & décor.  In addition to the amazing product they offer, Broome & Greene also boasts a free designer on call service.  This free service connects you directly with a designer that will help you design the perfect space within your home.  Not only does this give you the ability to work directly with a designer that intimately knows the product, but can save you thousands of

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Empire OutletsCasandra Properties is thrilled to announce that Jockey is the latest retailer to join the outstanding lineup of tenants at Empire Outlets.  “With Sales in the underwear market segment expected to reach nearly $150 billion by 2021, it made perfect sense to ink this deal with Jockey, America’s foremost undergarment brand” said James Prendamano, CEO of Casandra Properties, Inc. 

Jockey is a third-generation family owned company with operations all over the world.  JOCKEY is a registered trademark in over 120 companies. 

Empire Outlets is scheduled to open in April of this year.  Jockey joins retailers such as H&M, Gap, Banana Republic, Nordstrom Rack and Brooks Brothers among many others.  Empire will also feature a world class Food & Beverage

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Staten Island Ferry SystemI was thrilled to read the article in the Staten Island Advance announcing that Staten Island is being added to the city’s fast ferry system. I would like to start off by thanking Mayor Bill de Blasio, Borough President James Oddo, and Councilwoman Debi Rose for their herculean effort bringing this route to Staten Island.  


It goes without saying that this is such a boom for the north shore and our surrounding commercial real estate and residential real estate projects such as Empire Outlets, URBY, Liberty Towers, and Downtown Plaza. This new route will enable Staten Island commuters the ability to get to Downtown and to Midtown on the West side in a much shorter amount of time.  The Staten Island Ferry currently has over 70,000 riders per day and

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King's Arm Diner Casandra PropertiesEarlier this week I had the pleasure of speaking with Claire Wilson from the Commercial Observer, to weigh in on Staten Island shopping. Her interest — and, one of my passions — is in brick and mortar stores, real estate where real commerce takes place on Staten Island.  Despite the current national trend of retailers closing stores in malls across the US, Staten Island remains strong opening up new stores Island-wide.


Everybody likes to blame Amazon, but the idea that people aren’t going to shop anymore couldn’t be farther from the truth. As an industry, we failed in delivering an interesting experience to shoppers. We’re bucking that trend on Staten Island.

Shoppers have been paying high tolls to leave the borough and we needed to give them a

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Supermarket for sale located at 2071 Clove Road, Staten Island.  Calling all entrepreneurs.  If you are tired of working for someone else, this thriving Supermarket opportunity awaits you.  Currently operated under the C Town banner, you can keep the brand or turn it into your own exclusive market.  2071 Clove Road is conveniently located just minutes from the Verazano Bridge in a densely populated residential area which is extremely underserved.  Join Staten Island’s diverse community where all types of specialty goods are in high demand.  Be creative and be diverse, own your own business!

The market is very manageable at approximately 6,000 square feet of floor space with ample parking on the premises.  The center has access from both Clove Road and

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Attention Doctors or Not-for-Profit operators who are tired of renting and are looking for a new home. 11 Ralph Place is a medical/community facility condo building in the Concord section of Staten Island.  The building is surrounded by a very dense residential population and is easily accessible by several bus lines.  The office features a reception area, waiting room, 4 exam rooms, and 2 private offices.


Call Mario Minelli at 718.816.7799 or email


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A must-see prime investment property is this full commercial building at 1375 North Railroad Avenue, newly listed for $6,275,000. The impeccably maintained 6-unit commercial building is in the heavily trafficked New Dorp business district of Staten Island, steps away from the New Dorp train station.

This income-producing asset is surrounded by dense residential housing with strong demographics. The property features 6 stabilized tenants and is anchored by Empire State Bank. Don’t miss this rare offering to own an asset of this caliber, within this highly desirable area of Staten Island. Call us for a full set up about this prime property: 718-816-7799.


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Many of you read a few months ago about the historic 41 Million dollar Staten Island shopping center deal know as South Shore Commons - sold by yours truly and the amazing commercial team at Casandra Properties.  While it was another milestone achievement in the Staten Island real estate market, and typically the closing represents the end of the transaction – at Casandra Properties it was the beginning. Now more than ever, the customers come first when talking about Staten Island retail space.  


A time for innovation


After the closing, we sat with ownership to create a comprehensive marketing plan.  We felt it was critical to look at co-tenancy synergies, traffic flow, customer experience, and the Holy Grail of retail – customer

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For nearly two decades, I have made it my life’s work to deliver the absolute best in all areas of Staten Island real estate we at Casandra Properties practiced. Over the years we grew from a small boutique residential firm, to a full service real estate brokerage with divisions focused on seller and buyer representation, commercial leasing, and consulting.  We were thrilled to be named a top 10 boutique real estate firm in NYC.


One of my long-term goals always included adding tenant representation to our repertoire.  After successfully negotiating a host of successful deals on the landlord side with retail giants, banks, governmental entities, names such as Nordstrom’s Rack, Brooks Brothers, Wendy’s, Autozone, TD Bank,

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