Lease Beat

Law Firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner Signs Lease at Hudson Yards

Renderings of 55 Hudson Yards.

Law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner, known for its formidable litigation practice, will move from its current location at 575 Lexington Avenue in Midtown East to 55 Hudson Yards, where it has signed a lease for 83,000 square feet across three floors.

The law firm, led by Chairman David Boies and Managing Partners Jonathan Schiller and Don Flexner, is expected to move into its new location on the Far West Side in 2018, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the story. Read More

Lease Beat

Two Leases Signed for More Than 40K SF at 575 Lexington Avenue

575 Lexington Avenue.

Normandy Real Estate Partners has announced two new lease transactions at 575 Lexington Avenue between East 51st and East 52nd Streets.

Cornell University signed a 15-year lease for 30,000 square feet. The 11th floor space will be used for administrative offices. The institution, which first became a tenant in 1998, occupies 210,000 square feet in the 739,040-square-foot building. Read More

Lease Beat

Cornell University Renews, Expands at 575 Lexington Avenue

575 Lexington Ave

Cornell University has signed a 15-year, 182,320-square-foot lease for its Weill Medical College at 575 Lexington Avenue, The Commercial Observer has learned. The tenant has extended its existing lease long term and expanded its space by 35,000 square feet at the base of the Plaza District tower.

Acquired by Normandy Real Estate Partners in 2012, 575 Lexington Avenue is currently undergoing an extensive repositioning and is set to be reintroduced to the market early next year following a major capital improvement plan, which includes a renovation of the building’s lobby. Read More

Manhattan Market Report

Sevenfold Retail Sales Volume Catapults $13 Billion Q4: Eastern Consolidated


An unprecedented sevenfold increase in retail property sales fueled the Manhattan commercial real estate sales market’s epic comeback in the fourth quarter – its strongest performance since 2007, according to preliminary data from Eastern Consolidated.

The hallmark quarter, with nearly $13 billion in sales volume – the strongest since record-breaking performances in 2007 (peaking at $19 billion in Q2 of 2007) – was triggered by fears of impending capital gains taxes, which had owners scrambling to unload properties before year’s end.

“This was definitely fiscal-driven growth,” said Barbara Byrne Denham, Eastern Consolidated’s chief economist.  “Sellers wanted to cash out and buyers knew it, so they were eager to come to the table as well.” Read More