Another Mogull trumps Trump

ANOTHER MOGULL TRUMPS TRUMP; ANOTHER MOGULL TRUMPS TRUMP      Lois Weiss     Last Updated:     Posted: 12:00 AM, March 3, 2004  SOMETIMES the perfect tenant isn't the most sexy.  When Commissary went dry, Donald Trump thought the 61st St. corner spot at 1030 Third Ave. in the base of Trump Plaza should be reoccupied by another trendy restaurant.  But when independent broker Kim Mogull got the assignment, she disagreed with the Big D., who is now a big star on the small screen.  First, her spatial instincts told her the storefront was larger than 2,100 square feet. An architect remeasured proving 300 square feet should be added to total 2,400 square feet.  Then Mogull reshifted the marketing and turned away all eateries.  Now, the Select Comfort furniture chain, represented by broker Bill Crisp,has seized the spot and ponied up the green for 10 years plus options.  The deal was signed yesterday and will lead the Third Avenue retail revolution at one of its best corners. Asking rents on Third Avenue are in the mid-$200s.  "Repositioning the space, plus creative and effective marketing enabled us to increase the revenue by 61 percent from the prior tenant," Mogull said.  *  Chanel signs have gone up at 3 W. 57th St. where the Phillips Depury & Luxembourg auction house used to reign.  Last year, the auctioneer moved the whole kit and kaboodle to its downtown space and untied its knot with LVMH, which was left holding its 60,578 square-foot building lease.  Now, sources said, owner Kamran Hakim worked out a termination with the European label and leased the space on a short-term basis to Chanel, which needed some other renovations done elsewhere.  Steve Riker at Colliers ABR worked the Hakim side but did not return a call for comment.  *  Last week's deal with its insurers to demolish the Deutsche Bank tower at 130 Liberty St. and sell the land to the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. for $90 million, doesn't mean Silverstein Properties will get to rebuild on the lot.  "We won't give it to anyone," LMDC Chairman John Whitehead told The Post. "It would be Larry's fifth building and it will be many, many years from now. He might get it or he might not. We'll have to see what happens when we get closer." Silverstein Properties had no comment.  The chairman's remarks have rattled some feathers - but he could not be reached to clarify them. Instead, LMDC spokesperson Joanna Rose said, "We acquired the Deutsche Bank site for the express purpose of the full implementation of the Libeskind plan as anticipated in all of our documents, including the Environmental Impact Statement and the General Project Plan, and we will be working with the Port Authority and the City to see that the plan is achieved."  *  The Skyscraper Museum, built with donations of money, work and materials gathered by director Carol Willis, held its dedication ceremony Monday night.  Willis and her attorney husband Mark dropped in $100,000, as did Larry Silverstein, Brookfield Properties; Katherine Farley and her husband, Jerry Speyer; and the Rudin Foundation.  The museum, housed in 5,000 square-feet at the northwest corner of the Ritz Carlton in Battery Park City, got its space from museum trustee Philip E. Aarons and the Battery Park City Authority.  Roger Duffy of Skidmore Owings Merrill did the design and Tishman Construction the build-out.  The mirrored floor, ramps and ceilings are gorgeous but difficult to navigate for anyone with vertigo.  A male buddy - who shall go unnamed - also pointed out it was easy to get an eyeful of any women in skirts on the floor above.  * Please send e-mail