Kung Fu Puppies

As seen in Westbury Times

Written by Chris Boyle

Got a pooch that won’t sit still, climbs the furniture, or jumps on the neighbors? A dog imbued with limitless energy that has you at your wits’ end? Perhaps it’s time you school your out-of-control canine with the discipline and control of the “Martial Arfs.”

Martial Arfs, a new dog training facility in Carle Place is set to prove the old adage that “a good dog is a tired dog.” Run by Jeris Pugh, Martial Arfs takes a novel idea to working with our four-legged friends that has proven to be very successful; combining unorthodox exercises and equipment with the principles of the Asian fighting arts. Continue reading Kung Fu Puppies

3…2…1…Show!

Final Thoughts Before ICSC NY is Upon US

That final flurry of preparation is upon us. Whether we’re ready or not, the season is upon us, with all of its accompanying pressures and responsibilities. That’s right, it’s ICSC season!

Of course I kid. As I’ve expressed again and again, ICSC is a great (and, ultimately, rewarding) time for all of us in the commercial real estate industry. The key is to disregard the overwhelming “B.S. Factor” (ie, all the deals everyone is doing) and focus on the real (and realistic) goals of the show:

  1. See Your Old Friends and contacts (and Make New Ones): The bottom line is that shows like these put a lot of people in the same room, many of whom have common — and mutually beneficial — interests and goals. Find these people. Even if you can’t do deals with them, maybe you can help them find someone to deals with or vice versa.  Give to get.
  2. Get the Word Out: We have properties for lease and tenants looking for space.  We are expanding our management business and capabilities.  We have money to burn on new deals (just not 4 caps).
  3. The Candy With a Twist: They say it takes about 15 hours to make Twizzlers strawberry candy. Well, if you visit me at booth #126 in Rhinelander Gallery, it only takes about 15 seconds to get your hands on some. They’re good.  Also, don’t forget the Pliskin Realty bags.

Have a great show everyone! Please stop by and say hello.

Thinking Out Loud: What to See (and What to Be Seen In) at ICSC NY

After 20+ years of attending ICSC shows in New York (and the not-quite-as-beloved-by-me-but-still-pretty-great Vegas edition), I get a lot of people asking me about the show experience. You know, the usual questions:  what to wear, who to see,  what to eat, and what little goodies are available at the booths.  For this second edition of Thinking Out Loud, I thought I’d share some random thoughts for you first-time attendees. Continue reading Thinking Out Loud: What to See (and What to Be Seen In) at ICSC NY

Trending in retail real estate: Keeping your property leased at high rents with quality tenants

As seen in NYREJ

Regarding what’s happening in retail real estate today, to borrow from Bob Dylan, “The times, they are a changin.” Traditional retail is harder to come by, there are increased pressures coming from online shopping sites, municipalities are introducing new challenges, and there is an increased emphasis on energy savings and sustainability. All of these factors must be addressed and can be leveraged to enhance the value of a retail property owner’s asset. Continue reading Trending in retail real estate: Keeping your property leased at high rents with quality tenants

Thinking Out Loud: Sorry Vegas, New York’s ICSC Show is the One to Beat

As we begin the final flurry of preparation for ICSC’s New York National Conference next month, I’ve been thinking about the difference between this event and May’s ICSC RECon in Vegas. Both shows are pivotal for anyone in the retail real estate game, and both have their benefits, but for my money the New York event is more productive . *

(*This is a 100%, Grade-A subjective opinion – I wouldn’t be calling this new feature “Thinking Out Loud” if it wasn’t. Your mileage may vary.)

You’re probably mumbling to yourself, “Prove it, Pliskin.” I mean, I love Vegas… you can’t beat the après convention activities, between restaurants, parties, gambling, shows, etc., but  here are just a few of the reasons ICSC NY is the top business event  for me each year: Continue reading Thinking Out Loud: Sorry Vegas, New York’s ICSC Show is the One to Beat

Effective Property Management Helps Retailers Weather Market Challenges

by Jeffrey Pliskin, as seen in New York Real Estate Journal

The recent 16-day shutdown of the U.S. government and overall economic concerns did nothing to help consumer confidence. Retailers know this firsthand – even those in attractive markets like Long Island’s Nassau County Gold Coast, which boasts one of the nation’s highest disposable incomes. While Congress did avoid a financial default by approving last-minute legislation to end the shutdown, don’t expect consumer confidence to rebound that quickly. Retailers may be looking forward to the upcoming holiday season, but sales have been flat, if not down in certain categories. What retail tenants count on during challenging economic periods are proven strategies and processes that keep their overhead costs down and their stores and shopping centers in peak condition to attract every possible customer. That requires sound property management, not just to meet the needs of the retail tenant, but the property owner as well. Continue reading Effective Property Management Helps Retailers Weather Market Challenges

Barish of Pliskin leases 2,800 s/f to Cabo Fresh

Commack, NY Brad Barish, senior associate at Pliskin Realty & Development has completed a 10-year lease for Cabo FreshMex, a fast-growing California Mexican grill restaurant. Cabo Fresh Mex will occupy a 2,800 s/f space located at 5010 Jericho Tpke., at the southeast corner of Larkfield Rd. The space, formerly occupied by a Quiznos in the Trader Joe’s Shopping Center, is being renovated for the new restaurant. A January 2014 opening is projected. The Cabo Fresh concept was designed by restaurateur Jim Divilio who over the past 25 years has also created and owned restaurants such as Laguna Grill, Baja Fresh, and El Dorado. Barish was the exclusive broker, representing both the tenant and the property owner, Blumenfeld Development Group. Barish and Pliskin Realty, are the exclusive broker for Cabo’s expansion on Long Island and New York City. Continue reading Barish of Pliskin leases 2,800 s/f to Cabo Fresh

Barish of Pliskin Realty Negotiates 2,700 S/F Lease

As seen in NYREJ

Melville, NY Brad Barish, senior associate at Pliskin Realty & Development has brokered a 2,700 s/f lease at 500 Rte. 110. The property, previously occupied by Ranstad Staffing, is now being leased by the apparel retailer, Max and Gino’s Clothing. Barish represented the landlord and the tenant. Continue reading Barish of Pliskin Realty Negotiates 2,700 S/F Lease