Cantor Fitzgerald Renews 208K-SF Headquarters in Midtown
The financial powerhouse renewed its space at 110 East 59th Street and 499 Park Avenue
Cantor Fitzgerald is staying put at its global headquarters after renewing 208,060 square feet of space across two neighboring Midtown towers, Commercial Observer has learned.
The financial services firm inked a 16-year lease renewal for 151,890 square feet at Jack Resnick & Sons’ 110 East 59th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues, according to information from Newmark Knight Frank, which repped Cantor in the deal. The firm also signed a 16-year renewal for 56,170 square feet at American Realty Advisors’ 499 Park Avenue, located between East 59th and East 58th Streets.
Asking rents range from $75 to $95 per square foot at 110 East 59th and from $95 to $135 per square foot at 499 Park, according to a source familiar with the deal.
“We scoured the market looking at different options for a possible new location for Cantor’s global headquarters and saw many interesting spaces that could fit their needs,” said Jared Horowitz, vice chairman at NKF, in prepared remarks. “However, the firm has had such long-standing relationships with the current buildings’ owners and has enjoyed working with them through the years, therefore it made sense to remain in the Plaza District.”
The investment bank has been at the 37-story 110 East 59th, where it occupies the second through seventh and 15th floors, since 2005, according to Newmark. Cantor runs operations for its Cantor Commercial Real Estate lending arm, led by executive Paul Vanderslice, out of the location, as well.
The 612,180-square-foot property, which also houses tenants such as Estee Lauder, Mason Capital and RP Management, recently underwent a roughly $40 million, multi-year capital improvement program. In 2017, Estee Lauder reupped its space, which CoStar lists at 216,589 square feet, for 20 years.
“A few years ago, we made a conscious effort to put smart capital back into the building,” said Brett Greenberg, Executive Managing Director at Jack Resnick & Sons, in prepared remarks. “This vote of confidence from our anchor tenant is a validation of those efforts.”
At 499 Park, a 28-story, 303,000-square-foot tower that Cantor also moved into in 2005, the firm’s fellow tenants include Lippincott and Halstead, according to CoStar. The building will see the exit of investment bank Ducera Partners, which plans to depart for 11 Times Square this summer.
“We are very excited to continue our collaborative relationship with Cantor as a tenant,” said Stanley Iezman, Chairman and CEO of American Realty Advisors, in prepared remarks.
Cantor landed in Midtown after the 9/11 terrorist attacks destroyed its former home in One World Trade Center, and took the lives of more than 650 Cantor employees. ”This is a milestone in that we’ve completed the rebuilding process,” Howard W. Lutnick, Cantor’s CEO, told the New York Times at the time of the lease signing.
Cantor’s focus ranges from fixed income and equity capital markets to investment banking and prime brokerage, as well as commercial real estate, according to its website. It’s one of 24 primary deals that are authorized to transact with the New York Federal Reserve.
NKF’s team, which represented Cantor in both renewals, also included Neil Goldmacher, chairman of national tenant representation, and Jason Perla, head of NKF’s New York consulting group.
Jack Resnick & Sons was repped in-house by Greenberg and Fran Delgorio, while CBRE’s Paul Amrich represented the landlord at 499 Park.
“Cantor Fitzgerald’s long-term commitment to retain its executive offices at 499 Park Avenue is a testament to the trophy status of the property, the ownership and the location,” Amrich told Commercial Observer.
A Cantor representative declined to comment.
UPDATE: This story has been updated since publication to include a comment from Paul Amrich.