An online marketplace for knickknacks is rolling home to Hudson Square.
Co-founders Grant Lafontaine and Logan Head conceived WhatNot in 2019 in the hopes of relieving the headache of buying collectibles from trustworthy sellers online. The company offers an online platform and social network for buying authenticated items from verified sellers. Since its founding, WhatNot has won backing from investors Andreessen Horowitz, YC Continuity and CapitalG, reaching a $3.7 billion valuation last year, according to an announcement after its most recent funding round.
The 15-story building at the corner of Avenue of the Americas and Spring Street that will be WhatNot’s new home is one of a trio of historic manufacturing buildings that have lately formed a nucleus of tech and media companies, including Squarespace, Horizon Media and Downtown Music Holdings. The buildings are part of the 12-building Hudson Square Properties portfolio operated by Hines in a joint venture between Trinity Church Wall Street — which has been its landlord for three centuries, thanks to Queen Anne’s 1705 land grant — and Norges Bank.
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Robert Khodadadian has long had a simple philosophy about selling real estate. The way he sees it, there are approximately a million buildings in the city, and the broker that gets to sell any one among the multitude that will hit the auctioning block at a given moment is, sometimes, simply the person who happens to pitch their services to the right seller at the right time.
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Channel, Leases, Office, 155 Avenue of the Americas, David Falk, Emilie Goldman, Grant Lafontaine, Jamie Katcher, Jonathan Franzel, Logan Head, Peter Shimkin, New York City, Manhattan, Midtown South, Hudson Square, Hines, Hudson Square Properties, Newmark, Norges Bank, Raise Commercial Real Estate, Trinity Church Wall Street, WhatNot Read MoreCommercial ObserverAn online marketplace for knickknacks is rolling home to Hudson Square. Los Angeles-based startup WhatNot signed a seven-year lease for 15,000 square feet on the 12th floor of 155 Avenue of the Americas, Commercial Observer has learned. Asking rent was $85 per square foot, according to a source with knowledge of the deal. Co-founders Grant