Guide to the Records of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)
1925-1997
(Bulk 1931-1958)
Accession Number # 1997.01


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Machine-readable finding aid created by Brian Stevens, 2002. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Real Estate Board of New York
Title: The Records of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)
Dates: 1925-1997
Abstract: Established in 1896, the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) was formed as a trade association for real estate professionals interested in a variety of aspects to Manhattan real estate. The records include building surveys, office building vacancy surveys, tables of new constructions, analysis of operating costs for office buildings, report on gross rents received, and related notes and correspondence. The bulk of of these materials were compiled between 1931 and 1958, but they include information from as far back as 1870.
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft. (2 boxes)
Identification: The Skyscraper Museum Archive
Location: The Skyscraper Museum Archive

Historical/Biographical Note:

Established in 1896 as The Real Estate Board of Brokers of the City of New York, the name was changed in 1913 to The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY). A trade association for real estate professionals interested in Manhattan real estate, including office and residential property owners and builders, brokers and managers, banks, and architects, REBNY represents its members' concerns relating to public policies affecting their businesses to the city, state, and federal governments.


Scope and Content Note

The records include competitive office building surveys, office building vacancy and sub-lease surveys, tables of new constructions and additions to office spaces, analysis of operating costs for office buildings, report on gross rents received, and related notes and correspondence from 1925 to 1997. The bulk of the surveys and reports were compiled between 1931 and 1958, and they include information from 1870. The various surveys were sent to building managers in different districts in Manhattan to furnish information to assist members to gauge the condition of the market at various times of the year. The individual figures were not given out, and the results in gross tabulations were provided only to those members who participated in furnishing the information. The first survey made in the downtown district was completed on February 16, 1925.


Organization

Organized into one series.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically. The reports and surveys are organized geographically under districts, e.g., financial, insurance, city hall, Grand Central, Plaza, Times Square, and Columbus Circle, as well as uptown and downtown.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. Appointments are necessary for use of manuscript and archival materials. For more information, contact
The Skyscraper Museum
55 Broad Street, 13 floor
New York, NY 10004


Access Points

Subject Names:
Kuckler, Samuel B.
McDonald, Gordon D.
Subject Organizations:
Consolidated Edison Company of New York, inc.
New York City Housing Authority
Real Estate Board of Brokers of the City of New York
Real Estate Board of New York
The Schlang Bros. & Co.
Yale Robbins, Inc.
Subject Topics:
Apartment house-Cost of operation
Commercial buildings
Commercial buildings-New York (State)-New York
Commercial real estate-New York (State)-New York
Midtown Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)-Buildings
New York (N.Y.)-Buildings, structures, etc.
Office buildings-Cost of operation
Office buildings-New York (State)-New York-Surveys
Residential real estate-New York (State)-New York
Upper East Side (New York, N.Y.)-Buildings
Upper West Side (New York, N.Y.)-Buildings
Wall Street (New York, N.Y.)-Buildings
West Side (New York, N.Y.)-Buildings
Subject Places:
New York (State)--New York
Document Types:
Brochures
Bulletins
Graphs
Leaflets
Maps
Pamphlets
Photostats
Reports
Surveys
Tables


Related Material at the The Skyscraper Museum

[There is no related material.]


Separated Material

[There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials but physically separated or removed.]


Administrative Information

Provenance

Collection was donated by the Real Estate Board of New York.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The Records of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY); Accession Number # 1997.01; box number; folder number; The Skyscraper Museum.


Container List

[The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.]

 

Series I: Publications

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Bulletin of Building Managers and Owners Association of New York, Inc., by Management Division, The Real Estate Board of New York, c1931, 11 x 8.5 in. / 28 x 22 cm. The bound volume includes 116 pages of office building vacancy survey and new construction and sub-lease space survey in reverse chronological order from 1931 to 1925. These surveys were usually issued in January, May, and October of each year. Accompanying the surveys in the back of the volume are a sampling (41 pages) of copies of correspondence and survey forms, some filled-out and some blank, requesting information and completion of survey. 1925-1931
12Typed table of "Competitive Buildings in Grand Central," (2 p.) and "Building in Grand Central Not Included in Original Group," (1 p.), [1932], 11 x 8.5 in. / 28 x 22 cm. Includes the buildings' address, name, area square feet, and date of erection from 1912 to 1932, as well as various annotations in pencil. 1912-1932
13Typed "List of New Construction in Downtown District from January, 1926 to May 1, 1932," (1 p.), [1932], 11 x 8.5 in. / 28 x 22 cm. Includes buildings' address, name when available, number of stories, rentable area in square feet, and occupancy month and year. 1926-1932
14Typed tables of "Owner Managed Buildings of Financial District," (2 p.) and "Agency Managed Building of Financial District," (2 p.), [1934], 11 x 8.5 in. / 28 x 22 cm. The former includes buildings' owner, address, unit area and total area, and the latter includes buildings' agent, address, unit area and total area, as well as annotations in pen and pencil. 1934
15A ledger with handwritten tabulations and annotations in pen and pencil of office building survey, 8.5 x 11 in. / 22 x 28 cm.: 1.) "New Construction of Office Building" of financial district from 1880 to 1933, 1937 Aug. 31 & Sept. 2, (6 p.); 2.) "New Construction - Office Building Survey" of insurance district from 1890 to 1932, 1937 Sept. 1, (3 p.); 3.) "New Construction Office Building Survey" of City Hall district from 1870 to 1931, 1937 Sept. 1, (3 p.); 4.) "Competitive Office Buildings Survey" of all districts from 1870 to 1937, 1937 Sept. 3, (1 p.); and 5.) "Office Building Survey" of financial, Grand Central, Plaza, Times Square, Columbus Circle, City Hall, and insurance district, 1937 Nov. 10, (1 p.). Includes a color print-out of scanned page from "Competitive Office Building Survey." Condition: cover wrapper has one hole punched in each bottom corner and stain ring and several smaller stains. Severe creasing on bottom right corner with small tear beginning, edges around upper and lower staples frayed. 1880-1937
16A ledger with handwritten tabulations and annotations in pen and pencil of the "New Construction Office Building Survey," from 1870 to 1937, 1937 Sept., 8.5 x 11 in. / 22 x 28 cm., 14 p. Areas defined on cover in pencil as "Uptown" and content in pen as "Uptown," "Downtown," "Grand Central," "Plaza," "Times Square," and "Columbus Circle." Condition: cover wrapper has pencil markings and ink stain on upper right edge, one hole punched in each bottom corner with small tear near left hole, severely frayed along top edge, several small tears top and bottom edges; cover sheet and back cover dirt stained; better internally, but dirt staining throughout. 1870-1937
17An Analysis of Competitive Office Space in Manhattan, brochure compiled and issued by Management Division, The Real Estate Board of New York, Inc., c1938, 8.5 x 11 in. / 22 x 28 cm., 22 p. Includes maps, graphs, and tables. Publication based on surveys made by the Management Division every four months since 1925. Study confines itself to an analysis of occupancy and vacancy fluctuations. 1938-1925
18Operating Costs-Office Building, leaflet by Accounting & Exchange Committee, Management Division, The Real Estate Board of New York, Inc., c1939, 8.5 x 11 in. / 22 x 28 cm. (folded) and 8.5 x 22 in. / 22 x 56 cm. (opened). Analysis of operating costs for 1938 of thirty-seven office buildings, twenty under 100,000 sq. ft. rentable area and seventeen over 100,000 sq. ft. rentable area, prepared from reports from surveys conducted by the Accounting and Exchange Committee. Includes rentable area, elevator and electricity information, number of employees, supplies, water, and repairs costs, etc. 1938-1939
19Typed table of "Report on Gross Rents Received in Commercial Buildings, 1929-1944," 1944 July 25, 11 x 8.5 in. / 28 x 22 cm., 1 p. Includes rentals from 1929, 1934, 1939, and 1944 with the sq. ft. and price per sq. ft. for stores and offices located in Grand Central, and above and below 14th Street. Note "Duplicate" in pencil on upper left corner. Condition: some light wrinkling. Small tear above the middle of the right edge. Small holes from a removed staple upper left corner. 1929-1944
110Survey of the Financial District of New York City, pamphlet by the Schlang Bros. & Co., Renting and Managing Agents, 67 Broad St., New York, c1941, 9 x 6 in. / 23 x 15 cm., 12 p. Name stamp crossed out on cover and note in pen on top right corner, "Lower Manhattan." Condition: first and last page split at the bottom of signature fold. Body loose from lower staple. 1941
BoxFolderTitleDate
21Cumulative addition of new office space on Manhattan Island since 1925, by Research Department, The Real Estate Board of New York, Inc., [1951], 8.5 x 11 in. / 22 x 28 cm., 1 p. [Photostat] of graph labeled as "Fig. 1," showing new spaces added and vacancies each year in millions of square feet, using data compiled from 1925-1951. 1925-1951
22Office Building Construction, Manhattan, 1901-1953, brochure by Gordon D. MacDonald, a Director of Research [Department], the Real Estate Board of New York, Inc., c1952, 11 x 8.5 in. / 28 x 22 cm., 12 p. Includes a map, tables, graphs, appendices, and definitions listed on inside back cover. A reply card is attached with two staples to inside front cover. 1901-1953
23Construction Activity in the New York Area, January 1945 - June 1953, report by Statistics Division, Forecasts and Statistics Bureau, System Engineering Department, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., 1953 Oct., 11 8.5 in. / 28 x 22cm., 8 p. Spiral bound report includes maps, graphs, and tables based on detailed reports on office building and apartment house construction prepared by REBNY, as well as The City Housing Authority reports. Cover stamped with "Library, The Real Estate Board of New York, Inc." and "GD McDonald" in pen crossed out in upper right corner. 1945 -1953
24The Financial District of New York City, compliments of Schlang Bros. and Co., Real Estate, 27 William Street, New York, [1955]. Pamphlet. 9 x 6 in. / 23 x 15 cm., 16 p. Cover has "GD MacDonald" in pen on top right, and "Bo-g-3430" in pencil on top left. 1955
25Office Building Construction, Manhattan, 1901-1953, Supplement No. 5, 1957, brochure by Research Department, The Real Estate Board of New York, Inc., c1958, 11 x 8.5 in. / 28 x 22 cm., 26 p. Includes a map, tables, graphs, appendices, and definitions listed on inside back cover. 1901-1958
26Office Building Construction, Manhattan, 1901-1953, Supplement No. 6, 1947 - 1961" leaflet by Research Department, The Real Estate Board of New York, Inc., c1959, 11 x 8.5 in. / 28 x 22 cm. (folded), 11 x 17 in. / 28 x 44 cm (opened). Analysis includes year, district, location, building name, stories, and rentable area. First page has "Davis Service, McGraw Hill" in pencil on top left, and "Mr. Ba[ckme?]" in pen on top right. 1901-1961
27Office Building Construction, Manhattan, 1947-1963, brochure by Research Department, The Real Estate Board of New York, Inc., c1962, 11 x 8.5 in. / 28 x 22 cm., 29 p. Includes a map, tables, graphs, appendices, and definitions listed on inside back cover. 1947-1963
28Office Building Construction, Manhattan 1947-1967, brochure by Research Department, The Real Estate Board of New York, Inc., c1964, 11 x 8.5 in. / 28 x 22 cm., [28 p.] Includes tables, graphs, appendices, and definitions listed on inside back cover. 1947-1967
29Office Vacancies in Manhattan, 1967, Office Series #55, pamphlet by Research Department, [The] Real Estate Board of New York, Inc., 12 East 41 Street, New York, New York 10017, [1967], 9 x 4 in. / 23 x 10 cm., 11 p. Includes a map, a graph, and tables. 1967
210Rebuilding Manhattan: A Study of New Office Construction, brochure by Samuel B. Kuckler, a Director of Research Department, The Real Estate Board of New York, Inc., New York, for the Economic Surveys Committee of the Board, c1972, 11 x 8.5 in. / 28 x 22 cm., vi, 129 p. Includes tables and appendices. 1972
211Manhattan Office Buildings, Midtown, 1984, published by Yale Robbins, Inc., 31 E. 28th Street, New York, 1984, 11 x 8.5 in. / 28 x 22 cm. 1984
212Rebuilding Manhattan: A Study of New Office Construction, brochure by Research Department, The Real Estate Board of New York, Inc., c1985, 11 x 8.5 in. / 28 x 22 cm., iv, 63 p. Includes tables and appendices. 1985
213Rebuilding Manhattan: A Study of New Office Construction, 1947-1997, brochure by Research Department, The Real Estate Board of New York, Inc., 1997, 11 x 8.5 in. / 28 x 22 cm., 88 p. Third Edition. 1947-1997

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