Manhattan, NY – Harvest International is pleased to announce that they have inked a 4,650 square foot lease at 37 St. Marks Place, New York on behalf of 99 Favor Taste, a famous and trendy Chinese Hot Pot and barbeque restaurant that currently operates in two other locations, Chinatown and Brooklyn.
99 Favor Taste is the only all-you-can-eat hotpot and BBQ restaurant in NYC. They offer six choices of hot pot broths, which serve as soup bases for their thirty-one different kinds of freshly prepared meats and vegetables. Private rooms are available for family gatherings, birthday parties, and special events. The addition of this store with Qing-Dynasty-styled interior designs, bring delicious and unique foods and entertainment option to the neighborhood.
Harvest International’s Jacob Ding handled this assignment.
About Harvest International
Since 1992, Harvest International has been providing commercial and industrial brokerage services ranging from retail leasing, market entry advisory, acquisition and disposition of investment and industrial properties, as well as company relocations. For further information, visit http://www.harvestinternational.net.
On October 22, 2013, Daphne and Charles Chan hosted a Breguet Private Reception at Hendricks Tavern in Roslyn, NY for Michael Nelson, President of Breguet North America, and Mark and Candy Udell, CEO and President of London Jewelers. Nearly 80 guests attended this celebration of time and close relationships with dear friends. Guests were able to converse over hot hors d’oeuvres and wines and liquors, and view the latest collection of Breguet’s timepieces. A three-course dinner reception along with opening greetings followed the cocktail hour.
Mr. Chan started off the opening greeting and said, “We were totally mesmerized by the timeless beauty of HRH The Queen of Naples–It’s the name of a Breguet watch. And so I acquired that Queen for my Queen. Gentlemen, this is the only time you can bring home a Queen without getting in trouble!” and this brought on laughter and applause.
The night ended with Breguet and London Jeweler’s goodie bags and the guests left with a great memory in time.
While Daphne was pursuing her Masters degree in economics in 1986, she discovered her interest in real estate. In 1992, she found her niche in industrial brokerage and has kept this passion ever since. She started her focus in Flushing, Queens, where she is known as the area specialist. Soon thereafter she expanded her business into western Queens and Brooklyn. In fact, she was the first Asian female industrial broker who explored the Brooklyn market in the early 1990s.
Daphne is fluent in English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) which provides her with a competitive advantage to be able to assist a broad spectrum of Chinese immigrants and overseas international businessmen alike whom require commercial real estate services and throughout the years, she has helped hundreds and thousands of customers in fulfilling their needs. She also has developed and is constantly developing strong relationships and ties with many property owners and developers, allowing her to procure deals before they even hit the market. Her motivation, dedication, persistence and professionalism in business have earned great trust and respect from her customers and clients, domestic and abroad.
With over 20 years of experience, Daphne has expanded her horizon into investment acquisition, property development & conversion as well as property management. As a partner of Harvest International, she has played a crucial role in growing the company by maintaining strong relationships, and closing complex transactions such as ground leases, leases with purchase options and private funding.
Daphne graduated from Queens College with a Masters degree in economics. She is a member of the Commercial-Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island and the Central Lions Club of Flushing. She is also a sponsor and committee member of the Greater NY Chinese Community Dollars for Scholars.
Significant transactions include:
1992 – Leased approximately 150,000 square feet of industrial space to multiple tenants at 40-22 College Point Boulevard in Flushing, Queens, NY. This old industrial site was formerly occupied by Con Edison and was later developed by the Muss Development Company into a 3.3 million square foot mixed-use development today known as Sky View Parc.
1993 – Represented the purchaser in the sale of a pre-foreclosure industrial building located at 1042 Atlantic Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY.
1999 – Leased a 55,318 square foot 1-story warehouse plus 12,000 square feet of parking located at 1717 Flushing Avenue in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. Daphne was the sole broker in this transaction.
2000 – Leased 100,000 square feet warehouse space at Bush Terminal located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY. Daphne represented both the landlord and tenant in this transaction.
2003 – Structured and closed a lease-with-option-to-buy transaction located at 2-39 54 Avenue in the Hunters Point South neighborhood in Long Island City, NY. 60,000 SF industrial building with 10,000 SF land. 2005 – Negotiated and closed a build-to-suit purchase transaction for a 25,000 square foot industrial building located within the Heartland Executive Park in Edgewood, NY.
2008 – Structured and closed another lease-with-option-to-buy deal located at 1250 Metropolitan Avenue in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. 72,000 square foot industrial building plus an additional 33,000 square foot parking lot
2008 – Represented both the buyer and seller, sold an 80,000 square foot 1-story industrial building with 15,000 square feet of land located at 110-1 – 1107 Metropolitan Avenue in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.
On March 29, 2013, Charles and Daphne Chan attended the gala of the Queens Museum of Art (an art museum and educational center), located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Seth Kupferberg, the QMA’s board of trustee kindly invited the commercial real estate couple to this exciting event.
“The Panorama of the City of New York,” a 9,335 square foot architectural model originally built for the 1924 World’s Fair, containing every constructed building in all boroughs before 1992 was displayed, and nearby it, was the reception–also near the new expansion of QMA. Major contributors to help fund this large expansion project included government sources, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office, the state, and the City Council. In addition, the museum itself raised $2 million; Charles and Daphne were delighted that they were able to partake and support the arts and the Queens community.
Daphne & Charles Chan from Harvest International (a commercial real estate company), co-hosted a special event yesterday night at the Carolina Herrera boutique located in the Americana Manhasset, a luxurious shopping destination. The successful and charitable turn-out included a night filled with vibrant colors from Herrera’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection, cocktails & tea, and hot hors d’oeuvres. It was a night that aimed to benefit the victims of the Szechuan, China earthquake.
Part of the sales proceeds will be directed towards the earthquake relief through the Tzu Chi Foundation, a global charity organization. Attendees include JP Morgan Chase Bank, World Journal News, Central Flushing Lions Club International, and various prominent real estate developers. Those who were unable to attend the event generously donated as well, to name a few: London Jewelers of Long Island and DeLuca Financial Planning. “It’s a great event for a great cause,” said Claire Hsu, an excited attendee.
With a bite of chocolate covered strawberries, a sip of champagne, and the shuffling of the signature red Herrera gift bags, guests left the event. The event might have ended but the warm-hearted charitable spirits from all parties will continue to uplift the global communities.
Q: How did this event come about? A: “It first started as a request from Ms. Vicky Karyannis and Ms. Lillian Millan, the manager and assistant manager of the Carolina Herrera boutique in the fabled Americana Mall in Manhasset because my wife, Daphne, and I have frequently shopped at this store. They wanted to drum up more awareness of the brand to the public particularly to the Asian communities and so we thought it would be a great idea to host an event that direct part of the sales proceeds to benefit a charitable cause of my choosing. I chose the Tzu Chi Foundation due to the recent earthquake that happened in Szechuan, China. Historically, this organization sets no boundaries (ethnically and geographically), and they often send in their own medical aid with doctors with volunteers to do good deeds and try help to relief suffering of the devastated victims and families. Tzu Chi Foundation’s mission consists of four major components: Charity, Medicine, Education, and Humanity and those are missions that my wife and I could not have agreed more on. Visiting their website will tell you so much more in detail about what they’re passionate about and about what they do.” I also favor other charitable organizations as well but in this earthquake incident I feel that they will best serve our intent and purpose.
Q: Is there a certain amount that you hope to achieve in donations? A: “As much as I would like to come up with a certain amount I want to raise, I don’t really have an exact figure in mind because charity comes from the heart, and any donations of any kind is significantly important to the people in need.”
Q: How would you describe Carolina Herrera’s past and current designs along with products?
A: Carolina Herrera is a multi-talented lady, she has continuously evolved, grown, and developed into a very much admired world-class power fashion house; she is highly in-tune with leading the fashion trends with a very unique sense of style. She provides ready-wear for women and men, leather goods and accessories, as well as a home line. Her clothes exude elegance and sophistication with simple silhouettes, with fun and playful colors but with a distinctive style. She is extremely gifted with her use of colors and patterns, and she really should deserve more recognition in my opinion!
Q: What are your thoughts on their Spring/Summer 2013 Collection?
A: “Bold, classic with understated elegance yet refreshing and vibrant.”
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Storage Deluxe, which bills itself as “New York City’s walk-in closet,” is expanding to Flushing. The company purchased a 96,000-square-foot building for S14.3 million in an off-market deal, Crain’s reported.
The Manhattan-based storage company plans to develop, manage and lease the facility in-house and as it transforms the site, located at 41-06 Delong Street, into a seven-story mixed-use complex that will include 160,000 square feet of storage, 26,000 square feet of retail and a 7,350 square foot commercial rental building, Harvest International broker Theo Kontis told Crain’s.
Long Island-based Harvest International represented both the buyer and the seller: the Delong Realty Company, in the transaction. Explaining why Delong decided to sell, Kontis told Crain’s,”They were ready to move on.The building needed some significant work and it just made sense for them to sell to a developer.”
Storage Deluxe plans to demolish the existing building and start construction in November. [Crain’s] – Christopher Cameron
Mr. Chan went to Honolulu Hawaii in his early teens as a full-scholarship student from Hong Kong to pursue college studies in Hotel & Hospitality Management. After he received his diploma and worked up as the Front Desk Assistant Manager position at the Ambassador Hotel in a short time, he enrolled to the University of Hawaii to better himself in the field of Accounting and Business Management. Shortly afterwards, Mr. Chan was recruited by Delta Airlines (then Western Airlines). Based in San Francisco he started his airlines career in reservation and sale while pursuing higher education. He finished his undergraduate works in Human Relations and Behavioral Science in U.S.F. (University of San Francisco) while working for the airlines and further received his Master of Business Administration in International Business Management with emphasis in Real Estate Investment from Golden Gate University of San Francisco.
Powered by his dream to succeed and ambition in the business world, he moved to New York after receiving his MBA. After he resigned from his airlines supervisor career, he began his journey in the real estate brokerage industry in 1986 and became the top producer of the then Merrill Lynch Realty (which later merged with Prudential Realty) and was recruited by Sutton & Edwards, a commercial real estate firm based in Long Island, and received his training in the commercial real estate field. After working for a year in the firm he followed his instinct and left to form his own retail leasing company, known as Harvest International.
Harvest International, established since 1992, models after major houses of the American mainstream commercial real estate firms. Mr. Chan specializes in Restaurant and fashion tenants rep works and had performed project financing by bringing Swissotel, a subsidiary of Swiss Air, to Paris and matched it up with the prominent S.A.R.I. Grouppe of France to joint-venture for a hotel development in La Defense, Paris.
In recent years, Mr. Chan has spearheaded the business growth and expansion trend by leading Asian tenants into mainstream shopping malls. For example, malls owned by General Growth (then The Rouse Company) in America on a national scale to operate and expand. Mr. Chan was also instrumental in helping customers to successfully complete several triple net lease projects of over 100,000/sf in each case on buildings that are under utilized, turned them around and has earned himself a name of as a well-respected and prominent commercial real estate broker in the Asian American businessmen society, particularly in New York. Harvest International is now an established, successful commercial real estate company and recently launched a retail and restaurant concept development consulting service so more clients can fuel their growth and expansion by bridging West to East and East to West.
Hotel Management, Cannon’s College of Honolulu, Diploma Accounting, University of Hawaii (LCC), A.S. Degree Business Management, University of Hawaii, A.S. Degree in Human Relations and Behavioral Science, University of San Francisco, B.S. Degree in International Business Management, and Golden Gate University of San Francisco, M.B.A. Degree.
Languages & Skills
Bi-lingual in Chinese and English, some conversational Japanese and French.
Gold Key Award, an outstanding employee award for devising a monitoring system for Western Airlines competitive route and market studies, 1984
Completed the largest triple net lease projects both in Flushing, NY and Elmhurst, NY in 2004-05
Awarded the exclusive agency rights to market a high-end mix-use 250,000/sf project in downtown Flushing by planning the appropriate tenancy mix as well as pre-lease and sale.