Lease Beat

Three New Tenants Sign on at 20 West 37th Street

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Landlord Neuss Real Estate has signed three new tenants to long-term deals at 20 West 37th Street, The Commercial Observer has learned. Asking rent for the building—now 100 percent leased–is $38 per square foot.

“This location is really picking up a lot of steam because Midtown South has become very pricey,” said Paul Walker of CBRE, who represented ownership in the transactions. “This neighborhood is great for transportation and the product is very similar to that of Midtown South.” Read More

Lease Beat

Regus Continues New York Expansion at 104 West 40th Street

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Office space provider Regus has signed a long-term, 30,000-square-foot lease on the fourth and fifth floors at 104 West 40th Street, continuing the company’s aggressive expansion in New York.

“We’re really looking to expand on the west side of Manhattan, filling in the dots of where we aren’t,” Grant Greenberg, spokesman, told The Commercial Observer, adding that an exact opening date has not been nailed down but late 2013 or early 2014 is likely. Read More

Lease Beat

IPG Subsidiary Gotham Inc. Inks 25,000-SF Deal at 104 West 40th

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Advertising behemoth IPG expanded its Bryant Park-Herald Square corridor holdings with subsidiary Gotham Inc.‘s 25,000-square-foot lease at 104 West 40th Street.

The boutique wing of the ad company’s new digs are blocks away from IPG’s offices at 100 West 33rd Street, the site of a 100,000-square-foot expansion last year, and 1400 Broadway, where IPG in April inked a 90,000-square-foot deal. Read More

Sales Beat

Princeton International Properties Pays More Than $100M for 104 West 40th Street

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Princeton International Properties has purchased 104 West 40th Street from Savanna for just over $100 million, The Commercial Observer has learned.

The 210,000-square-foot Midtown Manhattan office building is located steps from Bryant Park on 40th street and Broadway.

Savanna purchased the 20-story glass and steel landmark in 2010, refurbishing it with renovated elevators, building systems, an improved lobby – and a strategy of re-leasing the vacant space at market rents. Read More

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Does Size Matter? In an Industry Filled with Goliaths, Davids Abound

Illustration Courtesy Ed Johnson.

On a balmy July afternoon, a few members of SL Green’s management staff pushed their way through the revolving doors of 711 Third Avenue, the company’s 500,000-square-foot, 20-floor tower between 44th and 45th Streets.

They passed through the gallery-style lobby, framed by both Greek Thassos white and De Savoi grey-blue marble, carrying a few boxes. An original Hans Hoffman mosaic mural, designed in 1956, adorned the hallway farther down.

They sliced open the boxes and put on green aprons emblazoned with the firm’s stylized logo—and so the ice cream party for the building’s tenants began.

In a market full of haves and have-nots, there are benefits to being the biggest fish in the pond. Read More

Lease Beat

104 West 40th Street: Midtown South Comes to Midtown

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If an office building can look and feel like it’s in Midtown South even if it isn’t, can’t it benefit from the leasing boom that has overtaken that market?

That was the premise underscoring 104 West 40th Street’s recent deal with the company Vox Media.

The building’s leasing agents, Paul Amrich and Neil King, who are both executives at CBRE, recommended that the property’s landlord, Savanna, skip the carpeting and the drop ceilings that are typical to Midtown office installations. The striped down aesthetic they created instead gave the property a loft-like ambiance akin to Midtown South and convinced Vox to take the building’s entire ninth floor and part of eight in a deal totaling 16,884 square feet. Read More