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OCEANA GROWS $ TREE IN BROOKLYN      Lois Weiss     Last Updated:     Posted: 12:00 AM, February 2, 2005  THESE days, the double "oo" in Brooklyn stands for moolah.  Muss Development's Oceana apartment development on Brighton Beach has already completed 20 sales of over $1 million each, and more of these two- and three-bedroom units by the Atlantic Ocean are on the way.  Over the years of developing the 15 buildings (they are in construction on buildings 13 and 14 and closing sales in 12), Joshua Muss said the company has learned what the community wanted and made changes accordingly.  "We learned from the buildings' prior and changed pricing and floorplans and finishes," said Muss. "We went from oak parquet floors to oak strips, from synthetic counters in the kitchens to granite, from tile to marble in the bathrooms, from nine-foot penthouse ceilings to 10-foot, from four-foot-wide balconies to six-foot, and from smaller to larger window panes."  *  Eastern Consolidated Properties' Eric Anton and Ron Solarz brought in $64 million in equity financing from Westbrook toward the reported $79 million purchase price of the lease on the Stanhope Hotel by Gary Barnett of Intell Management.  The sale of all of the interior furnishings starts this morning with plasma TVs among the goodies going bye-bye.  The Plaza Hotel owner, Miki Naftali, closed on his $50 million deal for 650 Sixth Ave. for approximately $450 a foot. The six-story corner loft office building has The Childrens' Place and Kinkos among the retail tenants.  Naftali plans a residential condo conversion.  Anton, Solarz, Brian Ezratty and Scott Ellard of Eastern Consolidated Properties worked both sides of that deal. The 100,000-square-foot, 12-story, 16-18 E. 40th St. was sold for $19.5 million. It was purchased in March 2004, and the buyer just resold it, also through Eastern Consolidated Properties.  *  Joseph Moinian's $120 million deal to buy the Verizon parcels at 563 Eleventh Ave., 605 W. 42nd St. and 604 W. 43rd St. reported last week is subject to approval by the Public Service Commission as well as a rezoning of one industrial lot to residential status.  To make the numbers work, Moinian also may try to increase the size of the development from around 720,000 square feet with bonuses to one million square feet, thus dropping the cost from $200 a foot to $120 a foot.  Newmark & Company's team of David Noonan and Jennifer Schwartzman are handling the sale for Schwartzman's former employer. No one returned calls for comment.  The last round of bidding, sources said, was conducted by Verizon itself and included bids from Joseph Chetrit, as well as Morton Square developer Jules Demchek, who already owns the westerly end of the block.    Further bids for Verizon's 1.1 million square-foot office tower at 1095 Ave. of the Americas are due early next month to Cushman & Wakefield's Darcy Stacom and Bill Shanahan. That deal is complicated by Verizon's need to lease back some of the switching stations.  One developer suggested that the winner of that non-windowed tower simply strip the bricks and replace them with a new glass facade.  Thus, "the Emperor's new curtainwall," would get the biggest bang in rents from newly created sensational views of Bryant Park and Times Square.  *  York Capital is leaving its one-floor sublease at Lever House to nearly double its space at the "GM (which stands for General Macklowe, these days) Building" where it has signed for the entire 17th floor of 35,537 square feet for just under $100 a foot.  Craig Lemle at Studley worked for the financial firm, while CB Richard Ellis is handling the Macklowe Properties negotiations for the building.  *  Mario Verciani, the owner of CB Richard Ellis hangout Lea, at 230 Park Ave., has leased another location at 780 Third Ave. for a bistro with outdoor space.  Kim Mogull of Mogull Realty handled the first deal and has now brought them to the new, 2,000-square-foot, 48th Street location owned by TIAA-CREF.  The restaurant - dubbed Ribot, after a racehorse - took a 20-year lease on the space cater-corner to Smith & Wolinsky that has been vacant "forever."  Elyse Candella, formerly with Cushman & Wakefield, along with Greg Smith of JRT Realty, an affiliate of Cushman & Wakefield, acted for the institutional owners.  "It added an amenity to that building," said Candella, who jumped to Winick Realty, mid-deal. "There is a gap in the market for something sexy with great food that is fun but gets a business crowd. Like Lea, it will have a lot of style," said Mogull, who is seeking a third location.  Meanwhile, Mogull's Japanese client, Megu, plans to open three derivatives in the city that will concentrate on steak, seafood and oysters respectively, and is also scouting for sites in Las Vegas, Miami and Chicago exclusively through Mogull.  *  Let us finally put to rest a rumor that Harrods was coming to The Plaza.  Sure, Miki Naftali would like to install an upscale joint like Harrods in the grand spaces of his soon-to-be condo hotel, but neither he, nor anyone else is hooking Harrods.  "There is only one Harrods," declared Mohamed Al Fayed, chairman of the London department store, during brunch at Mar-a-Lago after The Wedding. "If there is only one, then everyone has to come to us."  In other words, that means the mountain has to go to Mohamed.