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Pinterest Sets Up NYC Shop in Bryant Park

475 Fifth Avenue.

Pinterest, the website that allows users to virtually “pin” images, videos and other objects to their digital bulletin boards, has signed a lease near Bryant Park for its first New York City office.

The San Francisco-based company has secured space at 475 Fifth Avenue between East 40th and East 41st Streets, The New York Post reported. According to the publication, the office will include 32,000 square feet on the entire fourth and fifth floors of the 275,764-square-foot, 24-story building. Read More

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Three Tenants Snap Up Full-Floor Leases at 475 Fifth Avenue [Updated]

475 Fifth Avenue

Three tenants have nabbed full floors totaling 28,190 square feet at 475 Fifth Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets.

Torchlight Investors, an investment management firm has signed a deal for 16,029 square feet on the entire 10th floor of the building. Square 1 Bank signed for 7,842 square feet, spanning the entire 18th floor, and Daikin, a global air conditioning and refrigeration provider, has signed for 4,319 square feet over the entire 21st floor. All of the lease are for 10 years, according to JLL, which represented the building in the deals. Read More

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Priceline Negotiates Deal at 470 Park Avenue South

470 Park Avenue South. has signed a 10-year lease for the entire 9,936-square-foot 10th floor at TIAA-CREF’s 470 Park Avenue South, The Commercial Observer has learned.

The tenant will pay rent in the low-$50s per square foot, according to CompStak. Just last year, leases in the building were signed in the building with rents in the high-$30s per square foot, CompStak’s data shows. 

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Head of the Class: Teachers Retirement Fund TIAA-CREF Making Waves in New York

8 Spruce Street

Though not a traditional owner-operator, TIAA-CREF has begun to draw the attention of the real estate industry in recent months for a bevy of deals, including its acquisition of a stake in the Frank Gehry-designed building at 8 Spruce Street and a joint venture with Norges Bank Investment Management.

The asset management firm’s steady persistence in the real estate market during the downturn has led to a realization of gains, and recent deals could lead to the redeployment of capital in key markets going forward, said analysts familiar with the firm’s strategy going into 2013.

“TIAA is one of the investors that was pretty active in the depths of the market in 2009 and 2010, and some of those investments have turned into significant home runs,” said Dan Fasulo, managing director and head of research at Real Capital Analytics. Read More

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Grand Central Submarket Building Stock Growing Long in Tooth

Microsoft PowerPoint - Grand Central_Class Comparisons

Ahhh—the hustle and bustle of the Grand Central submarket.

It has it all: a spectacular train station with its shops, bars, restaurants and food hall (oh, and actual trains, too), a fantastic location within walking distance of everything from Times Square to Central Park (and you can always take the subway if you’re lazy) and a thriving commercial office market consisting of almost 59 million square feet of inventory (though only 27 percent of that is considered Class A).

But all there isn’t absolutely perfect—something about those wonderful buildings getting a bit long in the tooth, maybe? After all, it’s not really the Mad Men days of yore, and the building stock (average age: 72 years) doesn’t necessarily work for all those companies looking for wide-open floorplates and glass from floor to ceiling. That’s the reason a number of government and private-sector movers and shakers have decided to, well, shake things up by looking to upzone a large swath of the area. Read More

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Risk Analyst Eurasia Group Calculates the Odds at 149 Fifth Avenue

149 Fifth Avenue. (Courtesy Property Shark)

When in 2006 the real estate investor Joseph Moinian bought the office building 475 Fifth Avenue in partnership with the firm Westbrook Partners, the Eurasia Group—a tenant in the building—saw it as an opportunity. The company had years left on its lease, but word quickly spread among tenants that Mr. Moinian was going to offer handsome buyouts to empty the building so he could gut renovate the skyscraper and re-lease it at sky-high rents.

Mr. Moinian’s strategy hardly seemed audacious at the time. The economy was hot, Manhattan rents were rising by the month and prime office space was in strong demand. Read More