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Benjamin S. Birnbaum

Vice Chairman

Benjamin Birnbaum joined Newmark Knight Frank Retail in 2007 at the firm's New York headquarters, where he was recently named the youngest vice chairman in NKF's history. He specializes in landlord and tenant representation on both a national and local level. Since joining the firm, Mr. Birnbaum has completed hundreds of transactions valued at more than $2 billion. On the landlord side, Mr. Birnbaum has represented prominent owners such as Columbia Property Trust, GFP Real Estate, Hines, Hubb NYC, Nuveen, Related Companies, The Rockefeller Group, RFR Realty, SL Green Realty Corp. and Stonehenge Management LLC.

Mr. Birnbaum also has extensive tenant representation experience. He has a stellar reputation for implementing and executing rollout strategies. He currently represents CityMD nationally, which he has so far grown from four locations to more than 120. Some of his current clients include Benihana, Blink Fitness, Edie Parker, Haru, JD Sports, Lilly Pulitzer, Madison Reed, Manolo Blahnik, MedMen, Peloton, Rumble and Watches of Switzerland. Mr. Birnbaum also has immense experience in the food and beverage industry, playing a key role in the rollout of Five Guys, Gregorys Coffee, Juice Generation, Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Pret A Manger, accounting for more than 100 new store openings combined.

Some of Mr. Birnbaum's recent successes include securing Peloton's 35,000-square-foot "Super Studio" at 5 Manhattan West; Peloton's HQ office lease of 300,000 square feet at 441 Ninth Avenue; Watches of Switzerland's first New York City location, located at 60 Greene Street; MedMen's flagship at 433 Fifth Avenue; and Shake Shack's Test Kitchen and headquarters at 225 Varick Street. He also represented the iconic Rizzoli Bookstore in its relocation to 1123 Broadway and Equinox in its 40,000-square-foot lease at 315 Park Avenue South.

In recognition of his accomplishments, Mr. Birnbaum was named Newmark Knight Frank's Top Producing New York Retail Broker in 2018 and Top Producing National Retail Broker in 2017. Also in 2017, Mr. Birnbaum received the Most Ingenious Deal of the Year award from the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) for his work with Peloton at 5 Manhattan West. Additionally, Mr. Birnbaum was named a CoStar Power Broker in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018, and in 2013, he was recognized by the Commercial Observer "30 under 30" as one the most promising real estate professionals in New York. He is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Young Men's/Young Women's Real Estate Association (YMRWEA).

Benjamin S. Birnbaum
Benjamin S. Birnbaum
Vice Chairman
125 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017
United States
T  212.850.5474


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Areas of Specialization
  • Retail Tenant Representation
  • Retail Landlord Representation