Leasing activity in the first half of 2012 was, by all accounts, a shadow of last year.
About 11.1 million square feet was leased, substantially down from the 17.6 million square feet leased during the first six months of 2011, according to data collected by the real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield.
Just weeks into the second quarter, brokers are already saying that caution continues to linger in the city’s leasing market.
After one of the slowest quarter in years during the first three months of the year, a number of large transactions that have been
rumored to be in talks for months remain in negotiations and big tenants who do have to lease space have made decisions that reflect a
sense of conservatism.