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Tilden Park Capital Management Inks at 452 Fifth Avenue

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Tilden Park Capital Management, the fixed-income-focused alternative asset manager, will move its headquarters from 900 Third Avenue to the PBC USA Real Estate-owned 452 Fifth Avenue

The firm will take the entire 28th-floor penthouse, spanning approximately 16,140 square feet, to house its corporate offices and business operations. The deal comes after the unveiling of the last three penthouse Read More

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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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Investment Manager Renews and Expands at 717 Fifth Avenue


Williams, Jones & Associates has signed a 10-year renewal and expansion at 717 Fifth Avenue, The Commercial Observer has learned. The investment management firm will move to the building’s 13,581-square-foot 11th floor.

“Williams Jones has been a long-time occupant of 717 Fifth Avenue,” said Lindsay Ornstein, principal at Transwestern, who represented the tenant, in a statement. “When their occupancy needs changed and they required additional space, the building owner worked with us to relocate the firm within the building and accommodate growth.” Read More

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National Futures Association Relocating to One New York Plaza in First Post-Sandy Lease

One New York Plaza.

The National Futures Association, the self-regulatory organization for the U.S. derivatives industry, is relocating to One New York Plaza from 120 Broadway after signing a 10-year, 36,000-square-foot lease–the first for the property since it sustained damage during Hurricane Sandy. Asking rents were $49 per square foot.

“As a self-regulatory body, our responsibilities and headcount were increasing,” said Karen Weurtz, spokesperson for the NFA. “Our lease was terminating and we needed more space; this was the time to do it.” Read More

Lease Beat

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

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Metropolitan Real Estate Relocating to 650 Fifth Avenue

650 Fifth Avenue

International investment advisory firm Metropolitan Real Estate is moving its New York headquarters from 135 East 57th Street to 650 Fifth Avenue, The Commercial Observer has learned.

The firm signed an 11-year lease for 11,289 square feet, taking the entire 29th floor of the 36-story, 382,500-square-foot office building located in the Plaza District on 52nd Street, on the northern edge of Rockefeller Center. 

“We are excited to add Metropolitan Real Estate to the growing list of excellent tenants at 650 Fifth Avenue,” said Dr. Houshang Ahmadi, president of the not-for-profit Alavi Foundation, the majority owner and managing partner of 650 Fifth Avenue Company. Read More

Lease Beat

Real Estate Firm TGM Associates Renews at 650 Fifth Avenue


TGM Associates, a New York-based investment advisory firm focused on multifamily properties, has renewed its 11,280 square-foot lease at 650 Fifth Avenue, The Commercial Observer has learned.

The firm takes the entire 28th floor of the 36-story, 382,500-square-foot office building located in the Plaza District on 52nd Street, on the northern edge of Rockefeller Center.

“The fact that an entity immersed in the real estate industry has continued its commitment in this building speaks volumes about the ownership and the manner in which business is conducted at 650 Fifth Avenue,” said CBRE’s Paul Haskin, who represented the landlord, 650 Fifth Avenue Company, with Robert Stillman and Zachary Freeman.  CBRE is the exclusive office leasing agent and property manager at the building. Read More

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KLS Diversified Signs Lease at 452 Fifth Avenue

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KLS Diversified, a fixed income asset management firm, has signed a lease for the 22nd floor of 452 Fifth Avenue.

The 10-year lease is for approximately 16,500 square feet, said Ehud Elizur, president of PBC USA Real Estate LLC, the building’s landlord. The deal was first reported yesterday by the New York Post.

Mr. Elizur declined to disclose financial terms of the deal citing confidentiality but did say asking rents on similar floors were in the mid-80s per square foot. The lease was signed February 1, 2013, Mr. Elizur said. Read More

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Korea-Based Hana Bank Renews 7,318 SF at 650 Fifth Avenue

650 Fifth Avenue

Korea-based financial institution Hana Bank has signed a 10-year, 7,318 square-foot office lease renewal on the 15th floor at 650 Fifth Avenue, where ownership plans to reap the rewards of an ongoing capital improvement project.

The 36-story, 382,500 square-foot office building located in the Plaza District on 52nd Street, on the northern edge of Rockefeller Center, recently underwent an $11 million lobby renovation, completed in July.

“The building has always treated them well and we’re fortunate to retain them in the building,” said CBRE’s Paul Haskin, who represented owner 650 Fifth Avenue Company along with Robert Stillman and Zachary Freeman.  “I think they’re excited to stay, particularly given the renovations the owner has completed, as they continue to improve the property.” Read More


650 Fifth Avenue, A Building With Alleged Ties to Iranian Bank, Celebrates New Coming-Out Party

Brokers congregate over food and a cash prize at 650 Fifth Avenue

“This is a schlock fest.”

So sniffed one junior real estate broker last week, who was standing in a raw, white-washed space on the 29th floor of 650 Fifth Avenue. Formerly known as the Plaget Building, 650 Fifth Avenue now had an ownership group and a new leasing team that were both aggressive in their efforts to simultaneously lease space and erase any lasting impressions left by the building’s alleged ties to an Iranian bank.

The broker’s snarky critique was overheard as that person sipped from a complimentary martini glass filled with gazpacho, garnished with a singular shrimp. The marketing event was arranged in part by the new CBRE team that was hired this summer to lease out the 140,000 square feet of vacant space in the 36-story building. Read More

Lease Beat Swaps Grand Central Spaces, Takes New Office at 685 Third Avenue

685 Third Avenue. (CoStar) has inked a 10-year lease for 74,349 square feet at 685 Third Avenue, the TIAA-CREF-owned office building in the Grand Central area.

The tech company, which offers cloud-computing services, will be taking a much larger office than the 16,350 square foot office space it currently has at 2 Grand Central, which it will be vacating in favor of 685 Third Avenue.

Cushman & Wakefield’s Gus Field represented in the deal.  Read More

Commercial Breaks

CBRE Tapped to Move Prime Floors at 452 Fifth

Starting next spring, the tower floors of 452 Fifth Avenue will be available for lease, The Observer has learned. The space, spanning the 12th to the 30th floors, and totaling 300,000 square feet, will likely be one of the most-sought-after office plots in midtown.

CB Richard Ellis is representing IDB Group subsidiaries Property and Building Read More