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ICR Signs On at 685 Third Avenue


Integrated Corporate Relations, a financial communications consultancy, will relocate to 685 Third Avenue, The Commercial Observer has learned. The company has signed a 10-year lease for the entire 22,372-square-foot second floor at the East Midtown property.

Asking rent for the second floor space was $55 per square foot but ICR will pay starting rent of approximately $50 per square foot, according to data from CompStak. A listing on Agorafy indicates asking rent for the 22nd floor at the TIAA-CREF-owned building is $68 per square foot. Read More

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Jacobs Engineering Sublets, Expands at Two Penn Plaza


Jacobs Engineering Group has signed a 12,200-square-foot sublease on the fourth floor at Vornado’s Two Penn Plaza, The Commercial Observer has learned. Asking rent was $35 per square foot.

Rosenberg, Neuwirth & Kuchner, an accounting firm, had previously occupied the space on a sublease from Forest Electric. The firm was recently acquired by Marks Paneth & Shron and relocated to 685 Third Avenue. In turn, MP&S sublet the space to Jacobs when the engineering firm was looking to expand its presence in the building. Read More

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Crain Communications Moving Next Door on Third Avenue


Business media company Crain Communications, owner a wealth of trade publications and consumer brand names, announced on Monday that it is moving its headquarters to 685 Third Avenue after signing a 58,527-square-foot lease.

One of the firm’s publications, Crain’s New York Business, reported that the company plans to relocate from its current offices – next Read More


The B Team: The Biggest Occupancy Shifts in Class B and Class A Buildings

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For the first time in recent history, the availability rate across Manhattan’s stock of Class B buildings is lower than that of their Class A counterparts, suggesting a flight to value, propelled in part by the latest wave of technology startups and media companies looking for affordable space. Indeed, at 10.6 percent, the current availability rate for Class B space is 170 basis points less than the Class A rate of 12.3 percent, according to Richard Persichetti of Cassidy Turley.

With Cassidy Turley’s help, The Commercial Observer decided to put a spotlight on some of the most dramatic occupancy shifts across Manhattan over the last three years. Read More

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Epiq Systems to Ink 100,000 SF Deal

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Technology firm Epiq Systems is on the brink of signing a lease for roughly 100,000 square feet of office space at 685 Third AvenueThe Commercial Observer has learned.

A source familiar with the deal said it was slated to close towards the end of last week, but the deal had not closed by press time.

“A couple more days,” the source said. Read More

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A&E Commits to 222K Swing Space

The Network Mary Ann Tighe Built.

A&E Television Network has renewed its 222,000-square-foot temporary office lease at 685 Third Avenue, but only until the end of the year, when the large network is planning to relocate back to space it has on East 45th Street. Read More