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856 Ninth Avenue
West 55th and 56th Streets

Approx 1200 sf


20 ft on Ninth Avenue



Restaurant use considered. Cooking vent may be installed. Bars/lounges not considered. Brick walls, cast iron columns on storefront.

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The Company
Square Foot Realty is the dominant retail listing firm in the Clinton/Hell's Kitchen area, with over 75% of the market.

We are recognized for powerful marketing campaigns, working with clients very closely throughout the deal. High speed and an emphasis on execution of the way we do business lets us work in New York’s high-paced real estate market. We place a very high emphasis on honesty and integrity and as a result we have a solid reputation in the industry - with Landlords, Tenants, and other brokers.

The company has a strong belief in giving  top level service and attention to each of its clients and to employ the highest standards and integrity. Our goal is not simply to service our clients - but to add extra value to the point that our clients rave about us (as such our clients are our best way of getting new clients). In representing Landlords, we seek to lease to Tenants that add value to a building and to a neighborhood. We have been successful in being a "change agent" in entire neighborhoods - such as Hell's Kitchen.

Speed is another important factor in the way we do business. When our clients ask us to do something, whether it be a report drafting a Term Sheet, we stop everything and we do it immediately. We return all calls and emails immediately, regardless if these communications are from clients, customers, or brokers.

We run  powerful marketing campaigns. And we do so by engaging the entire brokerage community and making 2000 brokers part of our team. We do not pay "lip service" to this practice (as most brokers do!). We treat outside deals on a higher level than our own deals.

We place a very high emphasis on honesty and integrity and as a result we have one of the best reputations in the industry - with Landlords, Tenants, and other brokers. People in the industry know they can trust us.
The Team
Howard S. Aaron
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Howard S. Aaron, Co-Chairman and General Partner, has over 25 years of commercial real estate business. He is perhaps the most influential and instrumental retail broker in developing Hell's Kitchen into a vibrant restaurant and retail scene with cosmopolitan appeal. As one of the founding partners of Square Foot Realty, Mr. Aaron helps oversee relationships with several key Owners including Clinton Housing Development Corporation, Stonehenge Partners, Stellar Management, and many others. He has also developed relationships with several key retailers including Pinky Nails, Oxford Cleaners , La Bergamote, Taboon, Westway Vision, Bodrum Restaurant, White Furniture, and Gothic Cabinet Craft.

Prior to founding Square Foot Realty, Mr. Aaron had a successful career as a retail agent at Newmark Knight Frank and Northwest Atlantic Realty Services. Prior to his career in Real Estate, Mr. Aaron had his own greeting card company (B .A.D. Studio) and was an Art Director at Ideal Toy Company.

Mr. Aaron holds a Bachelor in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute.
Aaron Gavios
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Aaron Gavios, Co-Chairman and General Partner, has been instrumental in establishing Square Foot Realty as the leading retail leasing Broker in Hell’s Kitchen. He has been instrumental in running a number of online and off-line marketing efforts which have resulted in establishing the firm as a well known brand in the New York marketplace in just a few short years.

Mr. Gavios has worked to secure locations for retailers and restaurants including L’Artisan Parfumeur, Sushi of Gari, Good Stuff Diner, Cold Stone Creamery, Westville Restaurant, Ardesia Wine Bar and a host of many others. Along with Mr. Aaron, he oversees relationships with several key Owners including Archstone Smith, Dermot, Stonehenge Partners, Stellar Management, Clinton Housing Development Corporation and others.

Prior to joining Square Foot Realty, Mr. Gavios held key senior executive positions at several technology firms including Nintendo of America, Casio, Rolodex, DSTV, MondoSoft, and X3D in which he was involved in marketing and sales on an international level.

Aaron holds an MBA in Marketing and International Business from NYU Stern School of Business Administration, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Brandeis University.
Christopher Baker
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Christopher Baker

Christopher Baker,  Senior Associate and  Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, attributes his success to his ability to listen carefully to what his customers and clients wants, desires and needs in finding commercial retail space.  This ability coupled with commitment to follow through is what puts Chris above the crowd.  Chris prefers to think of himself as an advisor who will help you sail through the process with educated confidence.

Real estate has been Chris' drive and passion since 1997 when he first got his real estate license.  During his career, Chris has successfully completed and supervised many real estate transactions with a wide variety of clients including several publicly traded companies and privately-owned household proprietorships. Chris has completed commercial and residential deals. Among Chris' commercial deals are many office leases and medical space leases.

Chris resides on the Upper West Side and thoroughly enjoys the many pleasures of living in New York City.

Prior to joining Square Foot Realty, Mr.. Baker worked in advertising on the marketing side and creating campaigns for a large lifestyle magazine.

Chris holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from The University of Kansas.
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