Lease Beat

Regus Renews at 14 Wall Amid Downtown Rebirth

14 Wall Street

Office space provider Regus has signed a 10-year lease renewal at Alex Rovt’s 14 Wall Street for 37,000 square feet across the building’s entire 20th floor.

The deal, arranged by CBRE at asking rents of $45 per square foot, comes as brokers said the building’s appeal, paired with the rebirth of Downtown, has tenants giddy Read More

Postings

Top Ten Biggest Office Leases of 2012

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Condé Nast and Interpublic Group were the gifts to New York that kept on giving, as the former added 138,773 square feet to the 1 million it inked last year at One World Trade Center and the latter blazed through a series of deals throughout the year, beginning with a whopping 220,359-square-foot transaction in October and ending with a smaller one last month.

In all, the city’s 10 biggest office leasing transaction were modest compared to 2011, when deals by Nomura Holding and Coach reached nearly 2 million square feet alone.

Still, a wave of transactions from a variety of business sectors—from government and education to legal, financial services and media—proved that, even during economic doldrums, bold can be beautiful.

After the jump, the 10 biggest office deals of 2012.

Editor’s Note: Renewals were not included in this list, nor were deals completed after Dec. 18, the date the final tally was published. Read More

Year in Real Estate

The Year in Real Estate: From GSA to Hurricane Sandy, A Look Back at 2012

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Just when New York’s traditional geographic dividing lines were beginning to seem quaint, Hurricane Sandy made landfall and brought them back to light.

Downtown, which over the years had become harder and harder to distinguish from uptown, was plunged into darkness, sending the relatively young and vaguely creative well above 14th Street nosebleed territory in search of power. Only the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge stayed illuminated, a stark metaphor for the borough’s slow transformation into a contender.

But in commercial real estate, boundaries continued to disappear. In January, Condé Nast expanded its 1.05-million-square-foot lease at 1 World Trade Center by 138,773 square feet, helping lower Manhattan shed its stodgy finance-centric reputation and prompting slight panic among the owners of Midtown media canteens like Michael’s. Read More