Lease Beat

Urban Compass Doubles its Space in the Flatiron District

90 Fifth Avenue

Technology-centered residential real estate brokerage Urban Compass has doubled its floors and square footage at RFR Realty‘s 90 Fifth Avenue after officials at Urban Compass discovered that the 25,000 square feet it leased this past summer wouldn’t suffice for its growing staff.

The company’s previous lease covered spaces on the third and fourth floors of the 140,000-square-foot building between West 14th and West 15th Streets, but the new deal will extend the company’s space to the fifth and sixth floors and grow its footprint onsite by an additional 25,000 square feet once Urban Compass starts moving into the space in December, RFR officials said. Read More

Lease Beat

Urban Compass Signs Lease at RFR’s 90 Fifth Avenue

90 Fifth Avenue.

Tech-driven real estate brokerage Urban Compass has signed a new 25,000-square-foot lease at RFR Realty’s 90 Fifth Avenue, the landlord announced today.

The tenant will occupy space on the third and fourth floors of the building beginning late this year, RFR said in a press release. Urban Compass is currently headquartered at nearby 19 Union Square West and the company is expected to retain its 9,000-square-foot space there, according to The New York Post, which first reported the lease. Read More

Postings

Midtown South, Northbound Rents

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Midtown South has continued its meteoric rise, overshadowing the traditional office market in Midtown. Demand remains strong in the market, where more than 12 million square feet of space has been leased in the past three years.

As large tech tenants like Google—which subleased 83,000 square feet at Chelsea Market in the last quarter—continue to snap up space, the market only stands to continue its growth.

Jonathan Mazur, director of research at Cushman & Wakefield, spoke with The Commercial Observer last week to shed light on some of the key numbers from the firm’s recent Midtown South office market report for the first quarter of 2013. Read More

Market Reports

Midtown South Landlords Rule With Iron Fist Despite Spike in Availability

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Despite a fair share of new product hitting the Midtown South market in January, landlords continued to call the shots, seeking ever-growing rents in the city’s epicenter for tech and creative companies, the latest data from Cushman & Wakefield shows.

The data shows that total space increased year-over-year in January by 9.8 percent to more than 4.52 million square feet, yet average rents also increased by 10.7 percent to $50.61 per square foot.

The boost in available product was pronounced among Class A and Class B properties, with 41.03 and 47.1 percent increases, respectively.

“It is still a landlord’s market even though that space has come online,” said Ken McCarthy, C&W’s chief economist.  “Anyone adding space to the market is asking higher rents.” Read More

Sales Beat

90 Fifth Avenue In Contract For $115 Million

90 Fifth Avenue.

90 Fifth Avenue is being acquired by the Atlanta based investment group Jamestown for $115 million sources have revealed to The Commercial Observer, a price that equates to a lofty over $800 per square foot.

The deal, if it closes, would finally end a years long effort to sell the 140,000-square-foot property, which is mostly Read More