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Report: Construction Spending Nearing Pre-Recession Boom

New York Building Congress report

Construction spending in New York City will grow 17 percent this year to $32.9 billion from $28.2 billion in 2013, according to a report set to be released this morning by the New York Building Congress.

Despite reduced commercial construction investment this year due to the lack of a large-scale arena or live entertainment project, overall spending will grow to $35.3 billion in 2015 and $35.6 billion in 2016 and approach pre-recession levels, the report says. Read More

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First Three Quarters Outpace Entire Previous Year in Midtown South

Midtown South Map

Office leasing activity this year in the tight Midtown South market has already bested last year’s total by more than 2 million square feet, according to a new quarterly report released this morning by CBRE.

Transactions like Google’s 178,065-square-foot lease at 85 10th Avenue, Yelp’s 152,232-square-foot deal at 11 Madison Avenue and Squarespace’s 93,517-square-foot lease at 225 Varick Street have netted a year-to-date total of 5.16 million square feet for 2014 after last year’s leasing totaled only 3.06 million square feet in the market composed of six neighborhoods bounded by Chelsea and Madison Square on the north and Soho and Hudson Square on the south, the report says. Read More

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Reports: Downtown Vacancy Rates Fall While WTC Rises

Downtown Vacancy

Downtown Manhattan’s vacancy rates decreased by more than three percentage points in the last year despite large amounts of space for tenants at the World Trade Center, according to new quarterly data released by JLL and other market observers.

Downtown’s overall vacancy rate dropped from 13.7 percent to 10.6 percent between the third quarter of 2013 and the third quarter of this year, while downtown Class A vacancies plummeted from 15.5 percent to 11.2 percent over the same period, according to the JLL report. The trend reflects the area’s growing appeal to tenants from the technology, advertising, media and information sector who are moving from other neighborhoods, said John Wheeler, the director of JLL’s downtown office. Read More

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Report: Investment Sales on Pace to Break Record

Sales totals

Almost 1,100 investment sales in the third quarter of the year netted a collective $11.3 billion in New York City, adding up to a total of $39.1 billion for the year so far as 2014’s sales totals eclipse those of 2013 with one quarter still remaining, according to a quarterly report released today by Massey Knakal Realty Services.

Even though this quarter’s volume and sales figures represent smaller sums than the last quarter’s, the breakneck pace would equal a robust $63 billion for the year if the sales keep up through the fourth quarter, said Massey Knakal Chairman Bob Knakal. Read More

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Report: Manhattan Commercial Sales Dwarf Other Markets

Transwestern research graphic

Sales of Manhattan commercial buildings dwarfed those of other U.S. cities in the first seven months of the year, with Manhattan exceeding its nearest competitors in other large metropolitan markets by $6.1 billion in total sales volume and and $222 per square foot in sales price, according to a report released yesterday by Transwestern.

The survey with data the firm crunched alongside Real Capital Analytics found that Manhattan stayed atop the nation’s strongest urban core investment sales markets, producing 107 transactions for $11.2 billion in total sales volume at average rates of $770 per square foot in the first half of 2014 after its sales paced those of the country last year as well, said Transwestern researcher Palak Raval. Read More

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Ridgewood, Queens, a.k.a. ‘Quooklyn,’ Sees Surge in Property Sales

Sales are way up in Ridgewood. (John Rambow/flickr)

The inevitable has happened: Ridgewood, Queens, that neighborhood that everyone has been watching tirelessly for signs that it is, indeed,  the next hot neighborhood, has seen a flurry of commercial real estate sales. In fact, this July, Ridgewood’s 11385 zipcode was the most active one for commercial property sales in the city, according to an Actovia analysis of Department of Finance records. The crown has, in recent memory, belonged mostly to Brooklyn zip codes and the county of Kings still outpaces Queens in terms of overall sales; in June, Brooklyn had 249 commercial property sales, nearly twice the 131 recorded in Queens (Manhattan had only 125). Read More

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CBRE Report: East of Broadway a Value Play Downtown

Click to Enlarge: East of Broadway has more inventory than West of the thoroughfare. (CBRE)

Analysts at CBRE found that one of New York City’s most famous corridors divides the hot downtown commercial market between one area with more inventory and another with higher asking rents, according to a report the company will release later today.

While buildings east of Broadway made deals for 1.75 million square feet of leasing activity in the year to date to nearly match the 1.76 million square feet of leasing activity west of the corridor, properties west of Broadway carried average asking rents of $58.14 per square foot to the east of Broadway average of $43.03 per square foot, figures from the report show. Read More

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Brooklyn Led Multifamily Market in February

Brooklyn Heights.

Year-over-year multifamily investment sales activity showed large gains across New York City in February, with Brooklyn leading the way in terms of transaction volume and dollar volume, according to Ariel Property Advisors’ latest Multifamily Month in Review report.

Brooklyn was the most active borough with 52 buildings trading across 18 transactions for a total value of $343.5 million in sales. Last February there were just nine Brooklyn transactions, totaling $28 million. Read More

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NYC Multifamily Sales Surge Nearly 80 Percent in January

Multi-Family data for January 2014

The number of multifamily sales in New York City saw a 76 percent increase year-over-year in January, according to a new report from Ariel Property Advisors. The dollar volume generated by those deals rose by 107 percent.

This January, there were 58 such deals involving 93 buildings and totaling $707.302 million in gross consideration, Ariel Property Advisors found in its monthly review of multifamily deals that occur at a minimum sales price of $1 million, with a minimum gross area of 5,000 square feet and with a minimum of 10 units. Read More

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Northern Manhattan’s Breakout Year


A new report from Ariel Property Advisors gives credence to what many observed last year as a red hot Northern Manhattan commercial real estate market, showing that multifamily pricing hit its strongest level since the 2007 boom.

The data shows that the number of properties sold in 2013 increased by 44 percent over the previous Read More