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Tribune Media’s WPIX Renews 110K SF in the Daily News Building


Tribune Media Company has renewed the office lease for local TV station WPIX in the New York Daily News Building at 220 East 42nd Street in Midtown East, according to landlord SL Green Realty Corp.

WPIX has operated out of the 1.2-million-square-foot building between Second and Third Avenues since it was founded by the Daily News in 1947. Tribune Media, its parent company, signed a 16-year renewal for the broadcaster’s 101,568-square-foot offices, SL Green (SLG) announced in its second-quarter earnings last week.

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The television station has space on the first, fourth and tenth floors of the 37-story Art Deco office tower, according to information from CoStar Group. Asking rent in the deal was $70 per square foot.

SL Green handled the transaction in-house. The building’s in-house leasing agents are Elaine Anazagasty, Lawrence Swiger and Elliot Karp, according to SL Green’s website. CBRE (CBRE)’s Robert Stillman, Robert Hill and Adam Seltzer represented Tribune Media.

The iconic Depression-era office tower is also home to tenants like the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, media company Omnicom Group and the United Nations Development Programme

The publicly traded real estate investment trust recently put the landmarked former Daily News headquarters on the market. SL Green President Andrew Mathias discussed the property — which is rumored to have an asking price of $1 billion — on last week’s earnings call, in response to a question about whether the company would put office properties on the market with large vacancies. 

When large tenants began to move out of the News Building, “we redeveloped the building, leased it up to Visiting Nurse Services and Young Adult Institute and a bunch of other great tenants,” Mathias explained. “Now we have the asset on the market for sale. So I don’t think we would look to sell because we’re afraid of having some vacancy. That’s still our core business is redeveloping those buildings, bringing in new tenants, moving up the rent roll, hopefully, and sort of making the assets better.”