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Nasdaq Expands to 180K SF at Former Condé Nast Tower


Nasdaq is taking more space at the Durst Organization’s 151 West 42nd Street in Times Square.

The stock exchange signed a lease for 35,512 square feet on the 28th floor of the 48-story tower, bringing their total space at the property to 180,000 square feet, the New York Post first reported.

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Nasdaq announced that it would move its headquarters to the building in 2018 and officially move in 2020, Commercial Observer reported at the time.

The lease is one of a rash of new leases at the property, which lost its former anchor tenant Condé Nast to 1 World Trade Center in 2014, freeing up 19 floors and 820,000 square feet. The 1.8 million-square-foot tower is set to lose another major tenant, law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which plans to decamp in 2020 for digs at One Manhattan West, freeing up another 600,000 square feet.

In April, BMO Capital Markets, the investment arm of the Montreal-based bank, signed a 15-year lease for the ninth and 29th to 33rd floors, spanning 215,056 square feet, and advertising research firm National Cable Communications inked an 11-year lease for 65,000 square feet on the 11th and part of the 12th floors in January.

Durst has invested $140 million in a capital improvement program for the building, also known as 4 Times Square, in the wake of Condé Nast’s departure, and refinanced the building with a $900 million loan from J.P. Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo in April, CO reported.

The asking rent for the Nasdaq space was $100 per square foot, and asking rent in two remaining Condé floors are $85 and $95, according to NYP.

Nasdaq was represented by Newmark (NMRK) Knight Frank’s Michael Ippolito and Daniel Katcher together with Cushman & Wakefield (CWK)’s Robert Tanzmann. The Durst side of the deal was handled in-house by Tom Bow, Rocco Romeo and Tanya Grimaldo.