Jack Bart concentrates in real estate law, with an emphasis on commercial leasing. He has represented numerous landlords and tenants, in New York City and nationwide, with respect to office, retail and other lease and sublease transactions.
Jack has represented tenants in negotiating major headquarters leases. He secured leases in Manhattan covering more than 500,000 square feet for Saks & Co., and structured a long-term leasehold condominium for the Durst Organization and subsequent sale of hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial condominium space.
In addition, Jack has worked on construction, project management, architect, consultant and brokerage agreements. He is known for working collaboratively across legal disciplines and with opposing counsel, in the interest of clients.
Jack was named one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2016 by Chambers USA and was ranked among the Best Lawyers in America in 2017. An advocate for the arts, Jack worked pro bono to negotiate the WNYC Radio lease for office space and a broadcast and performance studio.
Representative significant transactions that Jack and his leasing group have handled include:
Tenants – Office
- Saks & Co., in two leases of approximately 400,000 square feet in the aggregate, at 250 Vesey Street and 225 Liberty Street.
- Chanel Inc., in its 185,000-square-foot headquarters lease at 9 W. 57th Street.
- United Federation of Teachers, in its 400,000-square-foot headquarters lease at 52 Broadway, and subsequent leasing as landlord.
- Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York (now EmblemHealth), in its 500,000-square-foot headquarters lease at 55 Water Street.
- The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the U.S. (now AXA Equitable): (i) headquarters lease at 1290 Avenue of the Americas, for approximately 513,000 square feet, with an IDA tax incentive program, and a subsequent restructuring and extension of the headquarters lease; (ii) office lease in Syracuse, NY, for approximately 300,000 square feet; and (iii) office lease in Jersey City, NJ, for approximately 245,000 square feet.
- Scholastic Inc., in its approximately 211,000-square-foot headquarters lease at 555 Broadway, with tax benefits through IDA financing, and a long-term ground lease of adjacent property, on which 557 Broadway was built and integrated with 555 Broadway; and subsequent leasing as landlord.
- Ramius Capital Group, LLC (now Cowen Group, Inc.), in its approximately 75,000-square-foot lease at 599 Lexington Avenue.
- Visiting Nurse Service of New York, in its acquisition of long-term leasehold condominium interests for more than 300,000 square feet of office and training space at 220 E. 42nd Street.
Tenants – Retail and Other than Office
- Saks & Co., in its lease of a Saks Fifth Avenue store of approximately 85,000 square feet at 225 Liberty Street (Brookfield Place).
- New York Mets, in its lease of a new stadium (Citi Field) from New York City.
- Pace University, in its acquisition of long-term leasehold condominium interests encompassing 20 floors of student housing at 180 Broadway, and 31 floors of student housing at 33 Beekman Street.
- WNYC Radio, in its lease of approximately 75,000 square feet of office and studio space at 10 Hudson Square.
- The Menswear Industry Council, in the negotiation of a master form of lease used by a group of 32 menswear tenants who rented approximately 162,000 square feet of office/showroom space at 1350 Avenue of the Americas.
Landlords – Office
- Silverstein Properties, in its lease to the Port Authority of approximately 600,000 square feet of office space in the to-be-built Tower 4 at the World Trade Center.
- Mutual of America Life Insurance Company, in its leasing program of approximately 425,000 square feet of office and retail space at 320 Park Avenue, including leases to law firms, financial institutions and private equity funds.
- The Durst Organization, in its structuring and sale of long-term leasehold condominium interests, and the leasing of office space at 205 E. 42nd Street, including transactions with CUNY and several not-for-profit charitable entities.
- Minskoff Equities, in its leasing program of approximately 370,000 square feet of office, retail and educational space at 51 Astor Place, including leases to IBM (Watson), St. John’s University and other first-class tenancies.
- Minskoff Equities, in its lease of a commercial condominium consisting of approximately 560,000 square feet of office space, to the Chase Manhattan Bank, at 1166 Avenue of the Americas.
- TrizecHahn Office Properties, in its lease to (i) HBO of approximately 250,000 square feet of office space at the Grace Building, 1114 Avenue of the Americas; and (ii) Skadden Arps of the entire office space at 1460 Broadway (approximately 183,000 square feet).
- State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio, in its leasing program of office space at 590 Madison Avenue, including office space leases to IBM and Citigroup Global Markets (Smith Barney).
- Shearson Lehman Brothers, as sublandlord, in its subleasing program of approximately 575,000 square feet of office space at 1 Battery Park Plaza, in downtown Manhattan. Major completed transactions include subleases with prominent law firms, brokerage firms and banks.
Landlords – Retail
- The owners/developers of a number of Manhattan co-op and condominium buildings, in their leasing of retail space to high profile retailers, restaurants and supermarkets, including Whole Foods, Bed Bath & Beyond, Bank of America, Walgreens and T-Mobile.
- The owners of several first-class Manhattan office buildings, in their leasing of retail space to banks, prestigious retailers and restaurants, including a First Republic Bank branch, the new flagship location for Amalgamated Bank, and retailers such as Sephora, Benetton, Ann Taylor, Hugo Boss, Charles Tyrwhitt and AT&T.
Honors & Awards
Jack has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers for his work in real estate.
- Member, New York State Bar Association
- Member, Committee on Commercial Leasing
- Member, Board of Advisors, Commercial Lease Law Insider
Admitted To Practice
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1976; Editor, Georgetown University Law Journal
B.A., summa cum laude, Brooklyn College, 1973; Phi Beta Kappa
In The Spotlight
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September 13, 2019 | Press Release
67 Stroock Attorneys Recognized as 2019 ‘Super Lawyers,’ ‘Rising Stars’
August 15, 2019 | Best Lawyers
47 Stroock Lawyers Named to Best Lawyers in America for 2020
November 19, 2018
Stroock Advises Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. on Long-Term Lease in Midtown Manhattan
November 8, 2018 | Real Estate In-Depth
Stroock Mentioned in Real Estate In-Depth Article
October 30, 2018
Stroock Advises Minskoff on Trio of Leases That Bring 1166 Avenue of Americas to Full Occupancy
August 15, 2017
47 Stroock Partners and Counsel Named to Best Lawyers in America for 2018
August 15, 2016
47 Stroock Partners and Counsel Named to Best Lawyers in America for 2017
May 27, 2016
Stroock Ranked By Chambers USA For 2016
November 20, 2015 | The New York Times
Stroock Featured in The New York Times "Best Lawyers" 2016 New York City Supplement
August 17, 2015
45 Stroock Partners and Counsel Named to Best Lawyers in America for 2016
September 25, 2014 | Law360
Stroock mentioned in Law360 article on Saks Fifth Ave.'s Downtown Lease Deal
August 18, 2014
35 Stroock Partners and Counsel Named to Best Lawyers for 2015
February 12, 2014
Stroock Represents Edward J. Minskoff In New Leases at 51 Astor Place
November 6, 2013
Stroock Partners and Counsel Named to Best Lawyers for 2014
October 15, 2007
Stroock's client, Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc., broke ground on the Alexandria Center for Science and Technology
PublicationsBack To Full Bio
November 1, 2005
"Use 'Baseball Arbitration' to Settle Rent Disputes at Renewal Time"By: Jack Bart
EventsBack To Service
November 13, 2012
Lorman Education Services: Basic Commercial Leases
November 3, 2010
Green Leases: Legal and Practical Strategies for Commercial Landlords and Tenants
April 19, 2010
Leasing for Building Efficiency—Key Lease Elements Affecting Efficiency
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Strafford Publications' Green Leases: Evolving Legal Issues for Commercial Landlords and Tenants
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Continuing Legal Education - Bridge-The-Gap: Ethics & Skills For Newly Admitted Attorneys
Friday, June 12, 2009
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Continuing Legal Education - Construction Law for Leasing Lawyers
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Baruch College - Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute's Real(i)ty Show! The Green Leasing Toolkit
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Strafford Publications' Green Leases: Emerging Legal Issues for Commercial Landlords and Tenants
Friday, January 30, 2009
Lorman Education Services Seminar - Basic Commercial Leases
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Basic Commercial Leases in New York