Lease Beat

Memorial Sloan Kettering Inks 54,000SF Sublease at 485 Lexington Avenue

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has signed a seven-year, 54,200-square-foot sublease with EdisonLearning, Inc. at 485 Lexington Avenue, Commercial Observer has learned.

MSKCC will occupy the second floor of the building and the lease will run through the end of EdisonLearning’s own sublease of the space, as EdisonLearning had subleased it from Advance Magazine Publishers for an 11-year term in 2009 after relocating from its previous offices at 521 Fifth Avenue.

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Lease Beat

Accounting Firm EisnerAmper Amps Things Up at 750 Third Avenue

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Accounting firm EisnerAmper has signed a lease renewal and expansion at 750 Third Avenue, The Commercial Observer has learned.

The eight-year lease solidified the firm’s existing 138,000 square feet across floors 13 through 17 and 21, while adding 12,000 square feet on the 22nd floor.

“They have a dynamic, growing practice,” said Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Vice Chairman Mark Weiss, who represented the tenant with Rob Eisenberg and Robert Emden.

“It’s a good building, near Grand Central and with great functionality – and the landlord has been very reliable,” he added, referring to SL Green Realty Corp. Read More

Power Broker

On Top of the World: SL Green’s Steve Durels on Last Year’s Viacom Deal and the Projects Reshaping Manhattan

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When Viacom pulled the trigger on its 1.6-million-square-foot renewal and expansion at 1515 Broadway last year, SL Green Realty served up a stinging rebuke to swirling rumors that the media giant would relocate.

But company executives with the city’s largest landlord were well aware that the firm’s most coveted tenant had toyed with the idea Read More

Lease Beat

Major, Lindsey & Africa Takes Nearly 22,000 SF at 521 Fifth Avenue

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Legal industry recruiter Major, Lindsey & Africa has signed a 10-year lease at SL Green Realty Corp’s 521 Fifth Avenue.

The transaction, coupled with Chinatrust Commercial Bank, Ltd.’s lease at the building, which was also just announced, raises occupancy at the 463,000-square-foot, 39-story boutique office building, located two blocks from Grand Central Terminal, to 98 percent, according to a statement from SL Green.

“Leasing activity at the building accelerated at the end of 2012,” said Steven Durels, director of leasing at SL Green, adding that “comprehensive redevelopment and value-oriented rents have attracted several new tenants to the building.” Read More

Lease Beat

Chinatrust Commercial Bank Takes Nearly 21,000 SF at 521 Fifth Avenue

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Chinatrust Commercial Bank, Ltd. has signed 15-year lease at SL Green Realty Corp’s 521 Fifth Avenue.

The transaction, coupled with Major, Lindsey & Africa’s lease which was also just announced, raises occupancy at the 463,000-square-foot, 39-story boutique office building, located two blocks from Grand Central Terminal, to 98 percent, according to a statement from SL Green.

“Leasing activity at the building accelerated at the end of 2012,” said Steven Durels, director of leasing at SL Green, adding that “comprehensive redevelopment and value-oriented rents have attracted several new tenants to the building.”

Chinatrust Commercial Bank, Ltd. signed a 20,987-square foot, 15-year lease for the entire 11th floor; and Major Lindsey & Africa, a recruiter for the legal industry, took 21,677 square feet in a 10-year lease for the entire 5th floor, joining a list of tenants within the building that includes Royal Healthcare, Lebenthal Holdings, Starz Media and McGraw Communications. Read More

Sales Beat

SL Green $122 M. Retail Purchase Highlights Metered Q4 Growth

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City records confirm real estate powerhouse SL Green Realty’s acquisition of a six-story retail, office and residential building at 131-137 Spring Street for $122.3 million late last year.

The acquisition of the prime retail location, adjacent to Chanel‘s Soho Flagship store, capped off what company executives lauded as a stellar fourth quarter given the economic uncertainty that permeated the industry in 2012.

“It was an excellent, excellent quarter as a standalone, and particularly in light of the headwinds,” SL Green CEO Marc Holliday said during the firm’s fourth quarter earnings call, referring specifically to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy, the uncertain election and the fiscal cliff crisis. Read More

Sales Beat

SL Green Sells Stake in 521 Fifth Avenue for $72 M.

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After hiring Eastdil Secured earlier this year to help it sell a stake in 521 Fifth Avenue, REIT SL Green announced last week that a joint venture between Quantum Global Real Estate and LaSalle Investment Management has agreed to buy a 49.5 percent equity interest.

Plaza Global Real Estate Partners, the JV, agreed to buy the stake for $72 million in a deal that is expected to close by the end of 2012. Read More