Lease Beat

Equity Investment Firm Relocates to Midtown East

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Global equity investment company Beacon Light Capital has relocated roughly nine blocks south of its previous location through a seven-year, 7,178-square-foot lease for the entire 22nd floor of RFR Realty’s 350 Madison Avenue, Commercial Observer has learned.


The company moved to a space with two terraces in the structure between East 44th and East 45th Streets from a smaller spread at 1330 Avenue of the Americas between West 53rd and West 54th Streets. Officials at RFR, which purchased the building for $261.5 million last year, touted the building renovations.

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Cushman & Wakefield Marketing 100,000 SF Being Vacated by Pearson at 1330 Avenue of the Americas

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Cushman & Wakefield has been appointed by RXR Realty as the exclusive leasing agent for roughly 100,000 square feet being vacated by Pearson at 1330 Avenue of the Americas, where ownership recently completed a capital improvement program and a rare signage opportunity awaits a prospective anchor tenant.

Floors 7 through 10, 14, 16 and 17 will come online in the 40-story trophy building in January 2014, after Pearson vacates the space, freeing up four sides of illuminated signage atop the building (the signage is currently branded “FT” for Pearson-owned Financial Times) for the new tenancy to broadcast its image into the Manhattan skyline.

“We want it to be the right image for the right company, and one that takes a meaningful presence in the building,” said William Elder, leasing director with RXR Realty.  “This is a very rare opportunity that allows for top of building signage just outside of Times Square. Read More

Midtown

The Incredible Shrinking Tenant

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Earlier this year, approximately 150,000 square feet opened at the Midtown office tower 399 Park Avenue when the law firm WilmerHale, a tenant in the building, left to relocate to Lower Manhattan.

The property, a 1.75-million-square-foot skyscraper owned by the large commercial owner Boston Properties, is home to the global headquarters of Citibank and is widely considered one of the finest office buildings along Park Avenue, an exclusive and highly desirable corridor in Midtown.

Boston Properties had found takers for the building even in the worst of times, filling the few hundred thousand square feet that suddenly became available in 2008 when Lehman Brothers, a former tenant, collapsed and sparked the financial crisis.

Fast-forward to 2012, a market several years removed from the depths of the recession, and this time around, Boston Properties wasn’t taking any chances. According to the leasing agent at the property, Peter Turchin, an executive at the real estate services firm CBRE, Boston Properties quickly switched to the leasing strategy du jour: finding takers for the space one floor at a time rather than waiting for one big user to fill a large portion or all of the space. Read More

Lease of the Week

Garden State of Mind: Pearson and the Negotiations Behind its Hoboken Deal

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When Kim Guadagno heard that the media and publishing giant Pearson was relocating from its longtime headquarters in Upper Saddle River, N.J., the first thing she recalled was a promise she had made.

Ms. Guadagno, New Jersey’s lieutenant governor and secretary of state, had been walking months earlier with Dawn Zimmer, the mayor of Hoboken, along that city’s waterfront. Read More