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REBNY Retail 2018 Awards From left: Bob Gibson, Patrick A. Smith, Benjamin Birnbaum, Ben Shapiro, Matt Ogle, Bill Rudin, John H. Banks, Corey Zolcinski, Neil Seth, Kenji Ota, Steven Soutendijk/ photo by Jill Lotenberg

NEW YORK CITY—The Real Estate Board of New York awarded The Most Significant Retail Deal of the Year 2018, coined “Toy Story 2.0,” to Neil Smith and Kenji Ota of Cushman & Wakefield for their December 2017 deal representing FAO Schwartz in leasing space to open at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The landlord owner in the deal was Tishman Speyer. In 2015, citing high rents the legendary toy store vacated its space at the GM Building, at 767 Fifth Ave.

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Betsy Kim

Betsy Kim was the bureau chief, East Coast, and New York City reporter for Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com. As a lawyer and journalist, Betsy has worked as the director of editorial and content for LexisNexis Lawyers.com, a TV/multi-media journalist for NBC and CBS affiliated TV stations in the Midwest, and an associate producer at Court TV.

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