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Manhattan commercial leasing activity rises 100% in Q1 from last year



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Just like the proverbial elephant examined by 5 blind males, the 460 million square-foot Manhattan workplace market lends itself to many various interpretations. There’s a statistic to help each perspective.

A brand new report from CBRE cheerfully cites a close to 100% rise in year-over-year leasing exercise for the primary quarter of 2022. The 5.68 million sq. toes of transactions had been up 96% over the primary quarter of 2021.

Such massive offers as IBM Inc. at 1 Madison Ave. (328,000 sq. toes), PDT Companions at 60 Columbus Circle and Celonis at 1 World Trade Center (75,000 sq. toes) counsel a significant market rebound.

Common Midtown asking rents climbed 2% over the earlier quarter. Midtown South leasing quantity was up for the third straight quarter. Downtown’s quarterly absorption was constructive for the primary time because the third quarter of 2019.

All excellent news, proper? However there’s a special soak up JLL’s newest “Workplace Perception” letter. The brokerage discovered rising vacancies throughout the board, due partly to sublease additions surpassing demand.

Celonis leased 75,000 sq. toes of area at 1 World Commerce Heart.
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It famous that first-quarter leasing was increased than in early 2021 however 25% beneath the fourth quarter.

Massive new sublease availabilities “pushed emptiness as much as the very best ranges recorded because the onset of the pandemic at 15.2 p.c.”

Neither set of information is improper — it’s moderately a matter of selecting which aspect of the market to emphasise.

1 Madison Ave. now hosts IBM Inc. in a 328,000 square-foot area.
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In the meantime,, a website that tracks workplace constructing foot site visitors, stories an enormous 102% increase in foot traffic to Manhattan office buildings in February over the identical month in 2021. However the site visitors was nonetheless 46.7% below January 2020, simply earlier than the pandemic struck.

“The town is springing again to life as of the start of April, nevertheless it’s been gradual going,” the location mentioned.  

In one of many 12 months’s largest new subleases, Phaidon Worldwide is taking 71,239 sq. toes at SL Inexperienced’s 711 Third Ave. The worldwide specialist recruitment company will transfer from  622 Third Ave., the place the agency had solely about half as a lot area.

Cushman & Wakefield’s David Mainthow represented Phaidon. JLL repped the sublandlord, the Stagwell Group.

Phaidon Worldwide will occupy 71,239 sq. toes at 711 Third Ave. in one of many 12 months’s largest new subleases.
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Phaidon CEO Harry Youtan mentioned the transfer “is the subsequent step of an distinctive eight years of progress in New York. It can enable us to rent and develop 200 extra employees, taking our New York group to 500 in complete.”

“The area was delivered in move-in prepared situation, leading to little upfront capital funding and building time, which provided an awesome resolution for Phaidon’s thriving enterprise,” mentioned Mainthow.

The brand new deal with is a 592,772 square-foot tower one block from Grand Central Terminal. It was renovated with enhancements that embrace new elevator cabs, massive home windows and a three-level parking storage.

Marx Realty’s 10 Grand Central, a 500,000 square-foot Midcentury tower at Third Avenue and East forty fourth Avenue, continues to fill up  —  due to a current, $48 million capital enchancment program and repositioning.

Marx Realty’s 10 Grand Central continues to replenish with 34,000 sq. toes of recent and expanded leases.
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Of 34,000 sq. toes of newly signed and expanded leases, the biggest was a 12,000 square-foot enlargement of HLTH, a convention organizer for well being innovation. The brand new lease, plus a renewal on area it already had, upped the agency’s footprint within the constructing from 7,000 to 19,000 sq. toes.

Marx additionally signed 15,000 extra sq. toes for LIV Golf Inc, Household Administration Corp and Kasa Dwelling. On the retail entrance, fast-casual Mediterranean eatery CAVA is coming to 2,600 sq. toes of ground-floor nook area.

Marx transformed extra than half of 46 beforehand unused outside terraces for tenant use. Upgrades additionally embrace a brand new, four-story entry portal on East forty fourth Avenue with walnut doorways main right into a smooth foyer, and an indoor-outdoor membership ground with its personal lounge, convention area and landscaped terrace.

One extra sweetener: Israeli-made “Solato” machines that permit tenants make multi-flavored gelato in a matter of seconds. Realty Verify can attest that the vanilla, no less than, is the actual deal.

About 65,000 sq. toes stay out there — which pleases Marx CEO Craig Deitelzweig, since outdated tenants had been paying rents far beneath at the moment’s market. Asking rents at 10 Grand Central now vary from $65 to $120 per sq. foot.