Met Council of Jewish Poverty Increases Office Space at 77 Water Street

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By: Henrietta Fishman

A large social services nonprofit, the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, inked a direct deal with the William Kaufman Organization to relocate and double its offices at 77 Water Street, Commercial Observer reported.

The Met Council signed a lease for 21,692 square feet on the entire top floor of the 26-story building between Old Slip and Gouverneur Lane, a spokeswoman for the landlord said. The spokeswoman would not provide terms of the deal, but CoStar Group data lists asking rents in the property as between $59 to $60 per square foot, according to Commercial observer

The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council) is a New York City-based non-profit social services organization. It offers many services to help hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers in need.

The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, also known as Met Council, was founded in 1972 after two studies reported 300,000 Jewish New Yorkers were living in poverty. Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty received support from the American Jewish Congress and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York to begin its programs. Although founded to help the Jewish poor, today Met Council’s services help all New Yorkers, regardless of age, sex, religion, race or ethnicity, according to the Met Council’s fact sheet.

The Met Council’s crisis intervention department which aids clients going through job loss, eviction, utility turn-off, medical needs and other emergencies. Career services leads workshops on job searches, resume skills, and interview preparation and has training programs for careers in healthcare. In the United States, Met Council has the largest kosher food pantry and opened three kosher soup kitchens.

The nonprofit currently subleases space on the sixth and seventh floors of 77 Water Street and plans to move into its new digs in November. Its larger offices will accommodate Met Council’s growing team of 200 as well as let it expand its programming, including operating a food pantry for its clients inside, said David Greenfield, the CEO of the Met Council, told Commercial Observer.

“It’s a great building and we’re very happy with the location,” Greenfield said. “We’re very excited to be staying in the same building and to be consolidating [to one floor] and growing.”

77 Water Street has a plane and fake runway on the roof, and a Wild Wild West candy store on the ground floor. The building’s developer Melvyn Kaufman is known for his unique properties. Kaufman’s 767 Third Avenue is known for the “world’s largest chessboard” affixed to the wall of a building stretching three floors.

Meanwhile,777 3rd Ave is known for a small grove of trees stands in front of the swaying bench.

The NY Times described Kaufman as an “oddball,” while others saw him as a “sly urban prankster”, Untapped Cities pointed out on their blog.

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