First proposed in 1999 with the establishment of the nonprofit organization Friends of the High Line, the preservation and reuse of the New York Central Railroad’s West Side Line has been criticized by some as sanitizing the once gritty Meatpacking District.
First opened in 2009, the High Line stretches as far north as 30th Street and will eventually terminate at the Hudson Yards site. Though the High Line can boast a significant role in popularizing the neighborhood both with tourists and New Yorkers, it is neither the first nor only attraction to boost real estate values in the area.
Below, The Commercial Observer looks at some of the real estate landmarks and popular attractions in the vicinity.
Under Armour, maker of form-fitting sportswear, will squeeze into a new space after inking a 19,000-square-foot deal in the Starrett-Lehigh Building at 601 West 26th Street, an address primed to profit from the sizzling Midtown South market and massive Hudson Yards development.
The 10-year lease will bring the tenant to part of the 15th floor of the 20-story building occupying the entire block between 26th and 27th Streets and 11th and 12th Avenues. It’s Under Armour’s first NYC space.
Following RXR Realty’s $700 million acquisition of 450 Lexington Avenue last year, six of the firm’s top executives met with sellers Daniel Saliba and Mark Troy of Istithmar World Capital for a closing dinner at Lavo, the Italian restaurant on Manhattan’s East Side.
A round of toasts that evening, most agreed, was in stark contrast Read More
The Centre for Social Innovation, an office suite company, is taking 24,000 square feet at the Starrett-Lehigh Building as an incubator for socially conscious small businesses and start up companies.
CSI, as the company’s name is abbreviated, will lease a portion of the 2.3 million-square-foot office building’s third floor.
The success of 200 Fifth Avenue has served in many ways as the template for 28-40 West 23rd Street, and no doubt many other buildings in Midtown South. The building’s developer, L&L Holding Co., guessed the popularity of the neighborhood and bet a big reinvention of the property would draw top-shelf tenants, a gamble that paid off when it landed Grey Advertising and Tiffany & Co. Now the landlord of 28-40 West 23rd Street is in the middle of a similar kind of makeover. The Cohen, Roos and Carmel families, who together own the 600,000-square-foot tower, have plans to create a roof deck and have done deals with tech companies that are invading the neighborhood in droves. After the jump, The Commercial Observer talks to Andrew Roos, a Colliers International leasing executive and an owner of 28-40 West 23rd Street. Return at 10:30 today for a second installment with David Berkey, L&L’s director of leasing.
The surging popularity of the Midtown South office market, which boasts one of the tightest vacancy rates in all of the country, has been good to tech and information companies, but bad to the non-profits and arts groups that have long called the area its work home.
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It’s not uncommon to hear Manhattan’s real estate market characterized as sophisticated or complex.
Not every day, however, does a requirement as straightforward as Dentsu McGarryBowen’s uncork such an elaborate and interconnected series of transactions as it did at the Starrett-Lehigh Building.
A longtime tenant in the 2.3-million-square-foot building and one of the property’s largest users, the advertising firm needed to expand. But there was a small problem: Despite its size, the building—an artsy, far West Side location popular among creative tenants—had virtually no available space.
A year into owning the Starrett-Lehigh Building, RXR Realty is making what at first appeared a dicey gamble into an investment that looks closer to a sure thing.
RXR, led by its chief executive Scott Rechler, acquired the 2.3 million-square-foot far West Side office building last year for a whopping $900 million, a purchase price that equated to almost $400 per square foot. Though buildings in Midtown have traded for double that or more on a per square foot basis in recent months, the sheer magnitude of the investment turned heads as a jumbo-sized commitment in a neighborhood that many brokers and tenants still consider off the beaten path.