Clients

Our Clients are Diverse in their Contributions, Expansive in their Impact

Millions Raised for Capital Improvements

Realizing Potential

Real estate and capital expansion projects shouldn’t be cost prohibitive for social change agents. ThinkForward’s work has translated into significant reductions in financing and operating costs for our clients. This has enabled numerous, community-based organizations to prosper and grow.

Nonprofits

Education

$22,000,000

Manhattan Country School

Upper West Side, Manhattan

Progressive school with diverse student population, grades pre-k through 8th, offering affordable tuition. Purchase of the Mannes Music Building doubled capacity. ThinkForward used creative structuring to place a difficult financing with a relationship bank.

$10,000,000

Browning School

Upper East Side, Manhattan

Renowned all-boys school. Raised $10M, without mortgaging real estate assets, to finance a facilities expansion. ThinkForward placed tax-exempt bond financing with a non-bank lender - at very low interest rates. We managed the entire bond issuer approval process.

$7,500,000

Diller-Quaile School of Music

Upper East Side, Manhattan

Nationally recognized for providing early childhood musicianship training. Purchase of an adjacent townhouse provided sufficient space to increase enrollment. ThinkForward arranged tax-exempt bond financing with a private bank.

$6,000,000

Turtle Bay Music School

Upper East Side, Manhattan

Programming for all ages focuses on transformative power of music. Acquired a larger facility to accommodate addition of a new licensed pre-school program. ThinkForward arranged a taxable loan with a private bank.

$68,600,000

Touro College

Chelsea, Manhattan

Despite a credit rating downgrade, the college acquired assets from the New York Medical College, an actionable opportunity because ThinkForward arranged the difficult financing through creative structuring and collateral packages.

$8,900,00

Metropolitan Montessori School

Upper West Side, Manhattan

Progressive private school providing pre-k through elementary education. Acquired existing facilities. ThinkForward arranged fixed rate acquisition financing with a local commercial bank.

$4,250,000

Lawrence Woodmere Academy

Woodmere, Long Island

Small, independent, private school for students in pre-k through 12th grade. ThinkForward arranged taxable financing with a credit union.

$9,000,000

Sh'or Yoshuv Institute

Five Towns & Far Rockaway, Queens

Construction of a new yeshiva school building. ThinkForward placed tax-exempt bonds with a commercial bank and managed the entire approval and funding process.

$6,000,000

Yeshiva Tiferes Yisroel

Borough Park, Brooklyn

New school facilities constructed adjacent to the existing yeshiva. ThinkForward arranged construction/permanent financing through a commercial bank.

Social Services

$11,000,000 & $8,600,00

Urban Resource Institute

Downtown, Manhattan

Dedicated to providing quality client-centered services to NYC vulnerable populations. Additional funding supports new programs and facilities for survivors of domestic violence and their families. ThinkForward managed entire financing process, including existing high-cost bank debt.

$36,000,000

Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty

Staten Island

The "Met Council" provides affordable housing to low-income elderly, formerly homeless, and mentally ill populations. For the construction on city-owned land of a 220-bed assisted living facility, ThinkForward placed fixed rate tax-exempt bonds and procured a $45M capital grant.

$38,860,000

Jewish Home at Rockleigh

New Jersey

Skilled nursing resident and senior care facility. ThinkForward placed Variable Rate Demand Bonds with an institutional investor through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

Cultural

$8,900,000 & $10,700,000

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Lower East Side, Manhattan

Acquisition of property for the expansion of exhibit space at the historic museum. ThinkForward structured and placed tax-exempt bond financings and secured capital grants from the NYC Economic Development Corp. Bonds were placed with a commercial bank.

$5,000,000 & $4,320,000

Manhattan Community Access Corporation

Harlem

New studio and office space for public access television programming. ThinkForward arranged bond financing for the project, which was later refinanced with a bank loan to provide debt service savings.

$4,000,000

Arverne by the Sea YMCA

Rockaway Beach, Queens

Construction of a new 44,000 SF, $22M recreational complex, including aquatic center, gymnasium, and outdoor sports fields. Recipient of more than $10M in city funding. ThinkForward arranged a bridge loan of $4M to bridge a foundation's disbursements of capital grants.

Policy & Research

$10,000,000

New York Stem Cell Foundation

Upper West Side, Manhattan

Seeking to accelerate cures for major diseases through stem cell research, NYSCF secured financing for a new laboratory and office space, consolidating previously separate programming under one roof. ThinkForward arranged financing with a commercial bank.

$11,000,000

Guttmacher Institute

Downtown, Manhattan

Policy and research organization focused on reproductive rights for women. Acquisition and renovation of 25,000 SF office condominium. ThinkForward arranged financing through the NYCIDA.

Industrial & Commercial

Technology

$17,350,000

Boyce Technologies, Inc.

Long Island City, Queens

Advanced manufacturer of innovative mass transit communications technologies. ThinkForward provided advisory services for financing an extensive renovation and expansion, including advice on how to obtain tax credits, grants, and incentives from New York State development agencies and the NYCIDA.

$11,000,000

Modern Meadow, Inc.

Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Manufacturer of innovative, environmentally friendly materials technologies. Redesign and renovation of 62,000 SF of R&D infrastructure and the construction of an additional 20,000 SF of advanced bio-fabrication space. ThinkForward secured tax credits and a large grant award from Empire State Development.

$2,000,000

Epic Pharma

Jamaica, Queens

Developer, manufacturer, and marketer of generic pharmaceuticals. ThinkForward reduced operational costs of the 110,00 SF plant by securing tax credits from New York State.

Food

$3,000,000

Neuman's Kitchen

Long Island City, Queens

Facilities relocation from the Lower East Side to leased space in trendy LIC neighborhood. Establishment of a new, state-of-the-art catering facility. ThinkForward arranged an SBA 7a loan with a non-bank lender for the leasehold improvements.

$10,250,000

Victory Food Service

Bronx

Family-owned, broadline foodservice distributor. Acquisition of a large distribution facility located in the former 132nd Street Post Office Buildings. ThinkForward successfully arranged 90% financing for the project, including an SBA loan.

$11,250,000

Royal Foods

Long Island City, Queens

Natural, organic, and specialty food distributor. ThinkForward arranged financing with an insurance company lender for the acquisition of property.

$12,000,000

Fairway Markets (Fairway Bakery)

Bronx

Thinkforward arranged various IDA benefits and NYC incentives for the lease, renovation, equipping, and furnishing of a 237,000 SF food production and distribution facility on a 469,000 SF parcel.

$4,000,000

Morrison Pastry

Maspeth, Queens

Family-owned business, established in 1953. Known for nationally distributed Grandpa's Original Yogurt Muffins & Loaves. ThinkForward arranged financing and various government tax incentives for the company's 40,000 SF food processing facility.

Entertainment

$26,500,000

York Studios

South Bronx

Construction of a new, NY State qualified, 171,000 SF motion picture and television production facility. ThinkForward arranged $33M in incentives from NYC, in addition to $26.5M in financing.

$33,500,00

Nitehawk Cinemas

Park Slope, Brooklyn

Independent movie house with curated approach to film, food, and drinks. Acquisition and renovation of historic neighborhood movie theater disrepair. ThinkForward arranged financing with a local bank and through a second mortgage financing with SBA.

$75,000,000

Carmike Cinemas

New Jersey

ThinkForward financed multiple movie theaters by placing Variable Rate Demand Bonds with a major financial institution.

$6,000,000

Broadway Stages

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

One of New York City's largest full-service film, television, and music video production companies. ThinkForward arranged financing for the establishment of a new studio. Funding was secured through a commercial bank. We also obtained Empire Zone incentives from Empire State Development.

Construction

$13,500,000

Skyline Restoration Inc.

Long Island City, Queens

Top building restoration and preservation company in the New York metropolitan area, having completed construction work on 1,000+ buildings. Acquisition of 40,000 SF of office, warehouse, and fabrication facilities. ThinkForward arranged the required 90% financing and the $7M in tax benefits.

$5,500,000

A-Val Architectural Products

Mount Vernon, Westchester Co.

ThinkForward arranged private activity tax-exempt bonds and placement with a commercial bank for the building materials supplier.

$5,000,000

United Air Conditioning

Long Island City, Queens

A growing sheet metal company acquired manufacturing facilities to expand their business. ThinkForward arranged bond financing for the project and obtained various incentives from NYCIDA.

$9,000,000

Cool Wind & Ventilation

Glendale, Queens

Facilities expansion for the steel duct systems manufacturer. ThinkForward arranged low cost tax-exempt bond financing for the project.

$5,500,000

AABCO Sheet Metal Co., Inc.

Ridgewood, Queens

Established business with 75 employees and more than $60M in annual revenue. Main lines of business involve air conditioning and sheet metal contractors and fabricators. For the expansion of the company's current facilities, ThinkForward arranged tax benefits through the NYCIDA.

Made-In-New York

$5,500,000

Watermark Designs

East New York, Brooklyn

Brooklyn-based manufacturer of luxury faucets, showers, and bath accessories designed by world renowned architects and designers. Focus on environmentally safe, responsible manufacturing practices. ThinkForward placed fixed rate bonds with a commercial bank.

$2,100,000

Simon Liu, Inc.

Greenwood, Brooklyn

Manufacturer of arts supplies and stretchers, internationally known for high level of craftsmanship. ThinkForward arranged 90% financing for a major relocation to a new facility, in addition to securing tax benefits through NYCIDA.

$5,500,000

Hindustan Granites Inc.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Importer and wholesaler of natural stone tiles and slabs, owner and operator of quarries and processing facilities. ThinkForward arranged 90% fixed rate financing and an SBA 504 loan with a commercial bank. We also secured incentives through NYCIDA.

$10,600,000

M. Fried Store Fixtures

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Full-service store fixture and design company. Employs a full, in-house design team, as well as installation crews. ThinkForward secured 90% financing for the purchase of a new manufacturing facility. We also secured various tax incentives.

Distributors

$28,700,000

Barnes & Noble, Inc.

New Jersey

National retailer specializing in sales of media and music. ThinkForward successfully placed variable rate demand bonds through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to finance the company's national distribution center.

$5,500,000

Perfume Center of America

Plainview, Oyster Bay, Nassau Co.

Wholesale perfume distribution company. ThinkForward arranged a refinancing of outstanding debt through a fixed rate financing with a commercial bank. We significantly reduced debt service payments.

$5,000,000

Mondial Automotive, Inc.

College Point, Queens

Company founders, the Kaldawy family, remain committed to the Queens community, while growing the business. ThinkForward leveraged resources through the NYCEDC and secured NYCIDA tax benefits for the company's ongoing success.

$5,500,000

Nicka K New York

Jamaica, Queens

The cosmetics distribution company acquired a new warehouse facility. ThinkForward arranged a fixed rate loan with an insurance company and secured NYCIDA tax benefits.

New Development

$208,000,000

New York WHeel

St. George, Staten Island

The giant ferris wheel (630' tall) will be constructed alongside the site of the proposed Empire Outlets retail complex. The $600M project was partially funded by EB-5 funds, which were placed with very favorable terms as a result of ThinkForward's relationship with the EB-5 regional center. We also secured Chads grants from Empire State Development.

$15,500,000

Arverne By the Sea Development

Rockaway Beach, Queens

The 120-acre planned community of more than 2,000 residential units is located on a previously vacant redevelopment site on the Rockaway Peninsula. Utilizing specially allocated recovery zone bonds, ThinkForward financed key commercial projects, including the retail center, YMCA, and Stop & Shop Supermarket.

$17,000,000

Artex Fine Arts Services

Long Island City, Queens

One of the nation's largest, most comprehensive fine art service providers servicing museums, galleries, auction houses, and private collectors. A Manhattan-based developer, in conjunction with the company's owners, acquired and renovated an existing 140,000 SF building. ThinkForward secured NYCIDA benefits to finance the effort.

$4,500,000

Sandy Hook Pilots Association

Staten Island

The association provides pilotage service for the port of NY, NJ, Hudson River, Hell Gate, and Long Island Sound. The new expanded headquarters replace the facility destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. ThinkForward secured construction financing, in addition to obtaining tax benefits from NYCIDA.

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