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This week we are featuring Kettle for office space of the week. Kettle is an independent New York based design firm that works with leading brands to create outstanding interactive experiences. Their office at 180 Varick Street in Soho, which is prime location for technology and design companies.
Lee & Associates recently published a report on the market for office space in New York City for the previous quarter. The report is rather interesting, but I really enjoyed their map of New York City with relevant statistics. The graphic shows the inventory, vacancy rate, availability rate, and direct asking rate compared to the ten year averages. What does all this mean to the average small business? I will tell you!
We are obviously big fans of both startups and New York City commercial real estate here at TheSquareFoot. Take the HELM is an awesome opportunity put on by our friends at the New York City Economic Development Corporation and we encourage anyone thinking about moving space in the next year to apply...a quarter of a million bucks to the winners ain't too shabby!
This week's featured NYC office space is the home of Enterproid, the creators of an enterprise mobile platform called Divide. It is literally the greenest office I have ever been in. Their company color is green and it is everywhere from the walls to the bean bag chairs to the color of the cotton candy. In case there was any doubt how serious they are about their color scheme, everyone who works there is given a green watch. Nice company schwag!
San Francisco-based company Salesforce.com is reportedly negotiating for 100,000 square feet of office space for lease at 685 Third Avenue, which was formerly inhabited by Pfizer. The transaction would more than sextuple the cloud computing company's New York presence, further confirming what this blog has already touched on in multiple occasions - the city's increasing attractiveness to technology firms.
Normandy Partners, a New Jersey-based real estate firm, added some more New York City office space to its portfolio, with its purchase at 575 Lexington Avenue, between 51st and 52nd streets in the Plaza District. The 35-stories of Midtown East office space was redeveloped in 1990 by the Koeppel Companies and was bought by Normandy and New York Life for about $360 million, according to sources.
The Tribeca revival story was one that even its residents didn't think was possible, especially after the September 11 terrorist attacks. New businesses are finding ways to carve a niche into Tribeca office space and residential buildings are being added into the historic area, even with the neighborhood being low-density and having limited inventory.
The former location of a Syms store is the new home for City National Bank (CNB), a Los Angeles-based institution. CNB was eager to sign a 15-year lease for the Midtown office space, totalling 45,000 square feet at Waterman Interests' 400 Park Avenue.
Two family-owned buildings, across the street from one another, signed on new tenants to take advantage of the Midtown office space for lease, totaling 71,000 square feet. Located just three blocks from Grand Central Terminal, the two buildings, which are both in the midst of renovations set to include a new lobby and elevators, will be ideal locations for each of their respective new businesses.
Additional Brooklyn retail space to come online as part of a new hotel and residential complex that is slated for construction adjacent to Pier 1, just south of the Brooklyn Bridge. Early this week, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation is expected to vote to select Toll Brothers City Living and Starwood Capital Group as the development team for the 1.3-mile-long New York commercial space.
Prestige Properties knows that it is a risk to break ground for the first suburban-style fashion mall to be built in New York City in nearly 40 years, but it's one that they are willing to take. Indoor malls have received mixed reviews, with shops at The Time Warner Center thriving, while outlets at the South Sea Seaport have struggled.
As previously reported on in this blog, New York is the new place to be for technology companies, and Sony has no intentions of being left behind in the search for New York City office space as it hopes to bounce back from a record $5.7 billion loss in the last fiscal year, which ended in March.
New York City is hardly a destination spot for aspiring farmers - despite the likely demand for these initiatives, there is not nearly enough open space in many parts of the city for farm land to be cultivated.
In a city full of them, Chelsea Market is one of the most widely known destination spots in all of New York City. With the more than 30 shops it has to offer tourists, the area has maintained most of the charm it has held since being constructed around the turn of the 20th century. This may explain why some New Yorkers and tourists alike are upset at a proposal to add two new buildings that would provide Chelsea office space to local businesses.
Any business whose lease is up within the next few years needs to begin its office space search several years in advance, particularly if it is attempting to acquire a location in the highly competitive New York City market. When the largest software company in the world needs to plan for a new location that has at least 200,000 square feet of space, that search becomes all the more challenging.
Another report on the commercial real estate picture in the United States points to the continuing demand for new office and warehouse spaces driving up office leasing activity in key markets around the country.
Real estate observers in New York City were encouraged by recent reports that financial services corporation Morgan Stanley would expand its commercial real estate lease at One New York Plaza in Manhattan. While that company's expansion may have been a sign of an improvement environment for New York office space leasing activity, experts say the local market has still been stifled by the challenges faced by several Wall Street businesses.