The Besen Retail Awards, 2010 Edition

Best Celebrity Sighting

Mike Seidmon – Larry David

What more can we possibly say about this picture, aside from the fact that it’s pretty good…

Best Photo (non-Larry David Edition)

“Dump Truck” – Executive Director Matt Mager

Favorite Foodtruck

Waffles and Dinges, for taking the time out and responding to heartfelt tweets!/waffletruck/status/3249269205106690

Most Anticipated Opening

Blue Roost Petite Cafe Since the day of the lease signing, we’ve been looking forward to seeing the Blue Roost open its doors at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. You must try the cupcakes.

Official Besen Retail Mode of Transportation

Bicycles This year alone, Besen Retail has done business with Echelon Cycles in Greenwich Village, Bike Life at Prospect Park/Lefferts, and BicyclePlus.Net at Borinquen Place in Williamsburg. As you can see, we have a thing for bikes. Runner-up – skateboards In other news, I ride a skateboard to and from work in order to  cut down on the morning commute time, and am now Besen Retail’s first sponsored rider. Check out the Besen 3: and the Besen 4:!/besenretail/status/25687383816 Besen Retail Road Warrior Evan Silver – for trudging through one of the largest snow storms the city has ever seen, and making it to the office on time.

Best Hangout Spot

Stumptown Coffee Roasters at the Ace Hotel swept the polls for a second year straight for our favorite place to kick back and enjoy some of the best coffee NYC has to offer.

Line of the Year

Executive Director Matt Mager took last year’s slogan to the next level.

A Special Farewell to those who have moved on from Besen Retail:

Caitlin Heikkila – Moved into Brooklyn and started her own blog called Becoming Brooklyn (definitely worth checking out). Mike Seidmon – Returned to Indiana University to complete his senior year, and will be back when he graduates in May. We look forward to having him join us. Murray Doueck – Moved on to become the Director of Leasing at One NYC Real Estate

An Extended Welcome to those who have come aboard over the past year Jerry Dweck- Marketing and Research Associate (blogger) Hilly Soleiman- Luxury Retail Specialist

What to look out for in 2011:

Rosario’s Famous La Bella Pizza and Pasta at 38-01 Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria. Mmmm…Pizza.

Lighthouse- a Mediterranean restaurant from the Macao/Employees Only team, located at 145 Borinquen Place in Williamsburg

Retail, Retail, and more Retail.

Besen Retail completed 43 deals over the course of the year, and we don’t plan on slowing down any time soon. We’ve introduced a healthy amount of new businesses to the New York City economy, from the largest national tenants, to the most humble mom and pop stores, we’ve seen it all. We had a fantastic year, and we’re looking forward to seeing what the new year will bring. We wish a happy and healthy new year to all of our readers.


Besen Retail

  • wedding party

    I discovered your blog site on google and checked out a few of your earlier posts. Continue to keep up the work. I just added your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. looking forward to reading more from you later on!

    • Jerry

      Thanks so much for your support, we totally appreciate the feedback
      (especially when the feedback is nice things about the blog).

      Keep reading!


  • Issac Maez

    Finally to see someone writing quite good posts. Well written and concise. Have a good day!

    • Jerry


      I will definitely have a good day. Thanks!

  • Mike Seidmon

    I’m honored. Thank you to everyone on the Besen Retail team for the love and support. Stay classy, Besen Retail…

  • Barbra Goergen

    Quite a beautiful website. I built mine and i was looking for some ideas and you gave me a few. The website was developed by you?


    • Jerry Dweck


      The blog was developed in-house by myself and Evan Silver using standard WordPress tools and a healthy amount of elbow grease.

      We’re extremely proud of it and are flattered by your kind words. Keep up the comments!