The Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus will be the first in New York

Marc’ed up: Neiman Marcus headed for Municipal Building

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High fashion is coming to the Municipal Building.

Upscale clothing store Neiman Marcus inked a deal to lease the entire second floor of the Municipal Building on the corner of Joralemon and Court streets on Jan. 10, pushing along the city’s plan to turn its former office space into a mall. The Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus outlet store is slated to open this summer, and shoppers in the area are already excited.

“It’s great,” said Gayle Kennedy, a Brooklyn Heights resident. “You won’t have to trek into Manhattan to go shopping.”

The store, the first of its kind in the city, will sell clothing and accessories from high-end brands such as Burberry, Michael Kors, and John Hardy.

The city sold the bottom floors of the Municipal Building to the developer United American Land in 2011 with the hopes of turning the old city offices into a retail center. A Sephora makeup store has already opened on the ground floor and a YogaWorks yoga studio and an It’Sugar candy store are expected to open this year.

“Our commitment to the city was to bring great, unique retail to this incredible site,” said Al Laboz, whose company controls the space. “We feel that Neiman’s fits the bill.”

People in the area have already seen changes thanks to the redevelopment.

“More people come shopping now,” said Mahamud Rahman, who operates a newsstand in front of the building. “It brings better people to the area.”

But others see these new upscale businesses as a boon for the upper crust only.

“This store won’t hire low-income people,” said Anthony Christian, who has lived in the area for 35 years. “I wish things would open that offer more jobs.”

The retailer is not the only swank clothier with designs on Downtown. Banana Republic opened a factory store on Fulton Mall on Thursday, making it the latest piece of a high-end, chain-store overhaul that has taken place in the neighborhood over the past decade.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

smell like BS from Heights says:
It's a municipal building, not a development. If Gov doesn't have a Gov use for it, they should be forced to sell it.

Gov shouldn't be allowed to profit off of the citizens nor compete with the private sector as they have an obvious advantage - that is our taxes to subsidize their inadequacies.

Gov should Govern and business should do business.

And if Gov were to sell all the stuff they horde instead of wasting our tax dollars to support them, they be able to pay down most of the debt they've built up.

Less Gov and more power to the people.
Jan. 21, 2014, 10:40 am
I agree from Brooklyn says:
The Government should sell it. Everything they touch just costs us more money.
Jan. 21, 2014, 10:44 am
ty from pps says:
Smelly --
What part of "The city sold the bottom floors of the Municipal Building to the developer United American Land in 2011" suggests the city still owns this property?

Let's set aside the rest of the absurdities of your comment. You know that government regularly uses its holdings to generate revenue to subsidize government services, right? If the government "sold off" everything (clearly more complicated than that, sir) and didn't generate revenue... there would either have to be huge tax hikes or a severe reduction in services.
Jan. 21, 2014, 11:06 am
resident from Red Hook says:
Neiman Marcus is a snob store. Good for Manhattan and Garden City snobs, not for Brooklyn people that enjoy diversity.

Can't believe stand owner Mahamud Rahman said it would bring "better looking people" to the neighborhood. The people that he's made money off of all these years, his "customers", now he wants new pretty people to sell to. Let's Boycott him and let him rethink his comments. He's got some nerve.

The small mom & pop's are what attracts people to Brooklyn while the Neiman Marcus of the world are what they were fleeing from.
Jan. 21, 2014, 11:07 am
smells like BS from Heights says:
ty, Gov shouldn't be in business to subsidize anything as they are then competing with private business which cannot compete as collecting taxes is clearly an unfair advantage. Sell the holdings at market price, let business do business and in turn the revenue creates taxes.

That's the way it's suppose to work. It's call free enterprise.
Jan. 21, 2014, 11:18 am
Northside Ned from Greenpoint says:
Mahamud Rahman didn't say 'better looking', he cut to the chase and just said 'better'.

lol, it's nice to hear it straight from the mouth of an actual working class ethnic, instead of having the politicians, race baiters, 'natives', and communists speak for him.
Jan. 21, 2014, 11:22 am
ty from pps says:
Smelly --
Like I said, it's not as simple as you make it sound... most of the holdings being used to produce revenue are tied to something else. For example, retail spaces on MTA property subsidize the MTA's operations. You can't "sell off" chucks of subway station. If the city owns and uses 80% of a building, why shouldn't they rent out the other 20% to enrich the city's coffers? What if the city sells that 20% of the building (as you suggest), but then needs the space 20 years later? The city has both lost out on revenue -- that increases with the market -- AND will clearly have to pay a much larger price tag to regain that space.

I have no idea what the hell you're talking about when it comes to this "clearly unfair advantage." I have a business, I can rent in this building or that building... Why would the City-owned property be "advantaged"?

I know you want to be the champion of free enterprise, but I don't think you know what you're talking about.
Jan. 21, 2014, 11:41 am
ty from pps says:
(And, Smelly, you seemed to miss the fact that the City did IN FACT do exactly what you wanted them to do... the lower floors of this building were SOLD... but then you come along and whine about how the government shouldn't be running a business?!)
Jan. 21, 2014, 11:43 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Shorter Red Hook resident: In the name of diversity, we must not have a new store that isn't like other ones in Brooklyn.

Come off it! There are 2.5 million people in Brooklyn. I'm not under the delusion that every store has to be for me. Why are you?
Jan. 21, 2014, 1:05 pm
diehipster from Destroying Devins says:
This is just another example of how hipsters are ruining Brooklyn. They must be stopped or the whole borough will be overrun with their miserable high-end oh-so-fashionable-among-the-millenial-moochers stores like Neiman Marcus.
Jan. 21, 2014, 5:10 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Hipsters shop at Neiman Marcus now?

Surely you understand why everyone accuses you of never having met a hipster.
Jan. 21, 2014, 6:46 pm
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
..and drinking local craft ales and locally roasted coffee and consuming artisanal bacon while protesting the opening of a family run Dunkin Donuts is not snobbery? Hipsta Pleeze!
Jan. 22, 2014, 7:31 am
Smells like BS from Heights says:
Ty, like you I have a business - mine is commercial/industrial realestate rental. Thus you can now see how they are competing with the private sector. They are notorious for under pricing the market and they can do this because they collect taxes, mine and yours. Whatever it is you do, I'm sure you wouldn't like Uncle Sam opening up shop next to you doing the same thing. And thank you for pointing out that they sold it - forgive me for missing that.

Gov is suppose to Govern, regulate, enforce. They should have no part of private business INCLUDING but not limited to sanitation, road repair, manufacturing asphalt - these are some examples of what should be in the private sector.

And if the Gov needs space for Gov needs, they can commandeer it as they always have. Pay market value, sell market value.

A smaller goverment will yield a stronger economy - power to the people.
Jan. 22, 2014, 10:52 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
sounds like a great system for connected rentiers to fleece taxpayers. no thanks.
Jan. 22, 2014, 12:53 pm
Paul from Brooklyn Heights says:
Smelly, I'm guessing you have no problem with government bailing out developers who put up these huge buildings that stay majorly empty for years, except for government offices moving in. The World Trade Towers were mostly government offices for years. The Department of Motor Vehicles is in Ratner's mall, and why?

But I guess as long as you can see government money coming your way, it's not competition, is it?
Jan. 22, 2014, 1:05 pm
Smells like BS from Heights says:
Never took a nickle from Uncle Sam, but sure paid him a lot over the years.

And what do you think all those Gov buildings are there for, TO COLLECT YOUR MONEY.

Would you think it wrong of the Gov to sell Cigarettes or Liquor? Wait, they do, they take in more in taxes than the companies make in profit.

Wake up America. Be careful what you ask your Gov for, as it will cost you in multipals over what you get back. Power to the people!
Jan. 22, 2014, 7:51 pm
ty from pps says:
You really gotta love idiots like Smelly that never fail to come out with the "Never took a nickle [sic] from Uncle Same" type line... he's in commercial real estate and doesn't see how his line of work is DIRECTLY benefiting from government intervention and services. This turkey is laughable.
Jan. 23, 2014, 10:26 am
Smells like BS from Heights says:
Sorry to smash ty preconceived notions, but not everone in business is on the take, and those that are not suffer because of those that are.

Just like these comments, some share insight, while we suffer because of those who spew ignorance. Fortunatly the ignorant comments don't cost us anything, thus we can laugh them off. Lol...
Jan. 24, 2014, 8:43 am
resident from Red Hook says:
Jan. 24, 2014, 8:49 am
adam silber from brooklyn says:
this company is known as massively corrupt. it is not a place you want to support. Its also 4.71 billion in debt due to mismanagement. numerous scandals include a child molester sent to work with children, blood in food and glass in iced tea at their restaurant, waiting till after christmas to notify those that lost their identites due to their negligence. Go to more ethical stores to shop
Nov. 10, 2014, 3:54 pm

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