Commercial Real Estate & Advisory

Senior Managing Director

Steve Rappaport

Steve specializes in Retail and Restaurant leasing, representing both tenants and landlords. Steve’s forte is in effectively translating familiarity with the hospitality and retail sectors, to his task as a broker. Steve encourages landlords and tenants to view themselves as partners. He has a knack for turning possibly contentious situations into occasions for cooperation.

Prior to joining Sinvin, Steve owned a small chain of luxury leather goods stores in Manhattan. His extensive knowledge of the city, and the retail business, benefits tenants and landlords alike. Years of practical experience in negotiating leases and in building out innumerable stores, enables him to help clients smoothly navigate the process, and to realize successful transactions.  He understands, from an insider’s perspective, exactly what is necessary in choosing a location. His extensive retail background and unique operational understanding, benefits tenants and landlords alike

Notable among his many transactions, are arranging the opening of the Flagship locations for Dominique Ansel, Stadium Goods, and Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream.

Steve grew up in New York City.  He attended Stuyvesant High School, Queens College, and The New School for Social Research.  After school he spent four years on Wall Street, working first at the New York Stock Exchange and then as a stock trader at Oppenheimer and Company.  He spent the early 70’s traveling in Afghanistan, Crete, and California, and driving a cab in Manhattan.   He opened his first store in 1972.






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