A look at the history of the Starrett-Lehigh building, which traded last month in a massive sale from RXR Realty to Blackstone Group. The dazzling structure, first built to accommodate rail deliveries, has transformed throughout the years as it went from offering rents from $1 per square foot per year to trading for nearly $100 million. Read More
The luxury home fragrance manufacturing company Nest Fragrances will move their US headquarters from 601 West 26th Street to Charles Cohen‘s 3 East 54th Street. The new office will span 15,229 square feet on the fifth floor of the building.
Earlier this year, approximately 150,000 square feet opened at the Midtown office tower 399 Park Avenue when the law firm WilmerHale, a tenant in the building, left to relocate to Lower Manhattan.
The property, a 1.75-million-square-foot skyscraper owned by the large commercial owner Boston Properties, is home to the global headquarters of Citibank and is widely considered one of the finest office buildings along Park Avenue, an exclusive and highly desirable corridor in Midtown.
Boston Properties had found takers for the building even in the worst of times, filling the few hundred thousand square feet that suddenly became available in 2008 when Lehman Brothers, a former tenant, collapsed and sparked the financial crisis.
Fast-forward to 2012, a market several years removed from the depths of the recession, and this time around, Boston Properties wasn’t taking any chances. According to the leasing agent at the property, Peter Turchin, an executive at the real estate services firm CBRE, Boston Properties quickly switched to the leasing strategy du jour: finding takers for the space one floor at a time rather than waiting for one big user to fill a large portion or all of the space.