Category Archives: Downtown

Doing WELL at our Downtown Office

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Our downtown office at 28 Liberty Street has been awarded WELL Certification at the Silver level by the International WELL Building Institute, the premier building standard to focus on people’s health and well-being through the built environment.

Think of WELL as a nutrition label for your office, providing transparency on the quality of your built environment. It’s a performance-based system and the certification required mindfulness from the space’s conception to its day-to-day… Read More

Q1: Returned blocks combined with slower leasing activity to drive vacancy higher

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New York Office Outlook | Q1 2015

JLL’s New York Research team has just released its New York Office Outlook for the first quarter – a wrap-up of leasing activity in Manhattan, including Class A vacancy and asking rates, along with a snapshot of conditions in capital markets.

Report highlights are as follows:

  • A number of available blocks of space—most of which had been anticipated by the market—were added during the first quarter that
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Midtown deal flow accelerates in February

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Manhattan Office Outlook | March 2015

MMU_Mar2015JLL’s New York Research team has just released its March Manhattan Office Outlook – a monthly wrap-up of leasing activity in Manhattan, including Class A vacancy and asking rates, along with a snapshot of conditions in capital markets.

Report highlights are as follows:

Midtown
After a lull in large block leasing activity in Midtown in January, deal flow accelerated in February… Read More

More than 2 million square feet of new or repositioned retail slated for Lower Manhattan

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New York Chart of the Week

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Brookfield Place:
40 retailers totaling 200,000 s.f. will open by spring 2015, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Hermès, J.Crew, Theory, Le District French marketplace, and Hudson Eats – a collection of 14 fast-casual eateries

World Trade Center:
150 retailers totaling 350,000 s.f. will open in summer 2015, including… Read More

Law Firms: Geographic Opportunity

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Video 3: Geographic Opportunity
Kenneth Siegel explores how a demographic shift has unlocked geographic opportunities for New York law firms—allowing decision makers to consider areas such as the West Side and Downtown, as opposed to more traditional submarkets like the Grand Central area.

U.S. law firms typically face more supply constrains than companies in nearly any other industry. Why? Law firms typically want offices in premium, Class A space in central locations—the… Read More

Vacancy rises in January as new blocks hit

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JLL New York Chart of the Week

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  • Midtown Class A vacancy climbed to 11.4 percent from 10.7 percent at year-end, with the addition of new product in the Penn Plaza/Garment District and returned space in the Plaza District.
  • Downtown Class A vacancy rose to 13.0 percent in January from 11.6 percent at year-end 2014. Trophy space
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Midtown South records third consecutive year of double digit rent growth

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New York Chart of the Week

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  • The overall average starting rent in Midtown South has increased by 70.5 percent since its post-recession low in 2010.
  • Similarly, landlord concessions have risen as well. From 2011 to 2014, the average TI allowance more than doubled to $40.58 per square foot and free rent climbed from 4.9 to 6.7
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Midtown trophy rents at highest level in three years

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New York’s Trophy Buildings Continue to Outperform Larger Market

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While Manhattan’s growing economic diversification into high-tech and other creative industries is welcome news for the larger economy, JLL New York’s research team has found that financial and legal services continue to drive occupancy and pricing at the top of the market. The majority of New York’s most expensive properties remain clustered around the… Read More

Strongest year since the financial crisis

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15_Jan_MarketscapeManhattan’s office market posted steep declines in vacancy, positive absorption and a 10-year high in new large block leasing activity by year-end 2014, according to JLL. 

Major themes for the year included the migration of large tenants to Lower Manhattan, record leasing activity in Midtown South and the continued rise of Midtown’s Trophy properties as both international investors and tenants take interest.

Manhattan’s overall… Read More

Wall Street reshaped by office conversions

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New York Chart of the Week

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  • Conversions of office properties to alternate uses—namely residential and hospitality—have been especially pronounced near the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Approximately 8.6 million square feet of Downtown office space has been repurposed from 2007 to present—more space than 1 World Trade Center, 4 World Trade Center, and 7 World Trade Center
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