LeFrak Leases 39K SF of Office Space to Nobu, Financial Firms at 40 West 57th Street

40 WEST 57TH STREET. PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER BRIDE FOR PROPERTYSHARK

40 WEST 57TH STREET. PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER BRIDE FOR PROPERTYSHARK

Private wealth management firm Tocqueville Asset Management and Nobu Restaurant Group recently finalized leases at LeFrak’s 40 West 57th Street, as part of a trio of new deals in the building totaling 39,335 square feet, according to landlord broker CBRE.

Tocqueville signed a 10-year agreement to renew its 25,000 square feet on the entire 19th floor of the 36-story office tower between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas. Asking rent for the space was “closer to $100 [per square foot] than it is to $200,” said CBRE’s Howard Fiddle, who represented LeFrak in the deal. The 29-year-old investment management company has been in the building for “at least 15 years,” according to Fiddle.

Nobu Restaurant Group, the multinational chain of Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurants run by chef Nobu Matsuhisa and film star Robert De Niro, also decided to move its headquarters into the 1970s skyscraper. Last month the chain leased 8,800 square feet on part of the third floor for just under 10 years. It has operated Nobu 57, a two-level, 13,000-square-foot restaurant, in the bottom of the building since 2004, according to The New York Times. The 30-year-old hospitality group will move from 4,800 square feet at 3 East 57th Street, where it has subleased since 2011. 

Finally, Duquesne Fund Services, a firm that offers tech and back office services for hedge funds and family offices, recently inked a seven-year lease for 5,535 square feet on part of the third floor. The company is an affiliate of Duquesne Family Office, the investment management firm founded in 2010 by billionaire hedge fund manager Stanley Druckenmiller. While Duquesne Fund Services is a new business, Duquesne Family Office (and its predecessor, Duquesne Capital Management) has occupied 35,739 square feet on the building’s 24th and 25th floors via a 10-year lease since 2008.

Fiddle and CBRE’s Evan Fiddle (Howard’s son), Benjamin Joseph, Gregg Rothkin and Arkady Smolyansky, along with LeFrak’s Mary Lou Berk, represented the landlord in all three transactions. On the tenant side, Newmark Knight Frank’s Daniel Madison and James Saunders represented Tocqueville in its office renewal. (A spokesman for NKF didn’t return a request for comment.) And John Nugent and Craig Reicher, also of CBRE, handled the deal for Duquesne Fund Services. Nobu didn’t have a broker in the deal.

BY REBECCA BAIRD-REMBA DECEMBER 19, 2017 2:39 PM

https://commercialobserver.com/2017/12/lefrak-leases-39k-sf-of-office-space-to-nobu-financial-firms-at-40-west-57th-street/

Investment Firm Grows NYC Presence With Additional Offices at 220 Fifth Avenue

220 FIFTH AVENUE. PHOTO: STELLAR MANAGEMENT

220 FIFTH AVENUE. PHOTO: STELLAR MANAGEMENT

Investment management firm Artisan Partners is expanding its New York City office footprint after agreeing to take 9,000 square feet at Stellar Management and Imperium Capital’s 220 Fifth Avenue in NoMad, Commercial Observer has learned.

Artisan signed a 10-year lease today for the entire fifth floor at the 20-story, 167,000-square-foot building at the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and West 26th Street, according to sources with knowledge of the transaction. The Milwaukee-based firm is expected to begin occupying the space this coming spring while keeping its existing New York City offices at RXR Realty’s 1330 Avenue of the Americas, sources said.

Asking rent in the deal was not immediately clear. A Newmark Knight Frank team of Brian WatermanAndrew PeretzDavid Malawer and Brent Ozarowski represented the landlord, while Eric Deutsch of CBRE represented the tenant.

Matthew Lembo, a principal and chief investment officer at Stellar, said in a statement that the transaction “is a testament to the leasing activity we’ve experienced” in the Midtown South market—including a recent 7,300-square-foot deal with Australian yoga studio Humming Puppy at 119 West 23rd Street, as CO first reported last week.

The Larry Gluck-led real estate investment firm teamed with Imperium to acquire a leasehold interest on 220 Fifth Avenue from Dino & Sons Realty Corp. earlier this year, making it Stellar’s seventh Midtown South commercial asset. The 105-year-old building, which features a neo-Gothic facade overlooking Madison Square Park, is currently undergoing a capital improvement program that includes a full renovation of the lobby and upgrades to the building systems.

Stellar and Imperium are also prebuilding out entire floors at the property as they become vacant, in an attempt to cater to the growing demand from office users seeking turnkey space. Current tenants at 220 Fifth Avenue include architecture firm Deborah Berke Partners, trade publication Mass Market Retailers and law firm Weiner, Millo, Morgan & Bonnano.

Representatives for NKF and CBRE did not immediately provide comment.

Artisan Partners has more than $115 billion in assets under management, according to its website. In addition to its presence in New York and its Milwaukee headquarters, the firm has U.S. offices in Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta and Kansas City, as well as international offices in London and Sydney.

https://commercialobserver.com/2017/12/investment-firm-grows-nyc-presence-with-additional-offices-at-220-fifth-avenue/

Investment Banking Firm Heads to SL Green’s 521 Fifth Avenue

Investment brokerage Laidlaw & Company is moving one block within Midtown.

The 170-year-old investment banking and securities firm inked a 10-year deal for 20,987 square feet on the entire 12th floor at 521 Fifth Avenue, between East 43rd and 44th Streets. Asking rent for the space wasn’t immediately available.

Laidlaw will relocate from 546 Fifth Avenue, which is only a block and a half away between West 45th and 46th Streets, in the second quarter of 2018.

“Fifth Avenue continues to be a premier business address and buildings like 521 Fifth Avenue, which are centrally-located, convenient to mass transit and have the benefit of institutional ownership will continue to outperform the market,” said SL Green Executive Vice President Steven Durels in prepared remarks.

Jonathan Plotkin and Tim Pond of Colliers International handled the deal for Laidlaw & Company. SL Green was represented by Cushman & Wakefield’s Tara StacomBarry ZellerJustin Royce and Pierce Hance. Spokespeople for both brokerages didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Other tenants in the 39-story office building include ChinaTrust Commercial BankMcGraw Communications and Financial Guaranty Insurance Company. The property’s ground floor retail is occupied mostly by Equinox and Urban Outfitters.

CRE lender takes 20K sf at Hell’s Kitchen office conversion

787 11th Avenue

787 11th Avenue

Real estate lender Dwight Capital inked a 20,000-square-foot lease at Georgetown Company’s office development 787 11th Avenue.

Georgetown landed a $349.5 million construction loan from the Blackstone Group last October to fund the conversion of the former Ford Motor Company industrial building.

Savills Studley represented Dwight while CBRE represented the landlord.

Led by Adam and Josh Sasouness, Dwight claims it was the second-largest multifamily HUD lender in FY 2016 in terms of both transactions and dollar amount, with $902 million in commitments.

Last year, Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management inked a 67,000-square-foot lease at the Hell’s Kitchen building, which will reportedly feature a rooftop tennis court and an office penthouse. [NYP] — Konrad Putzier

https://therealdeal.com/2017/11/15/cre-lender-takes-20k-sf-at-hells-kitchen-office-conversion/

Research Firm Takes Full Floor at RXR’s 1330 Avenue of the Americas

1330 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS. PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP

1330 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS. PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP

Economic research firm Cornerstone Macro is relocating its offices within Midtown after agreeing to take 16,300 square feet at RXR Realty’s 1330 Avenue of the Americas, Commercial Observer has learned.

The company agreed late last week to a 10-year lease for the entire fifth floor at the 40-story, roughly 526,000-square-foot office building between West 53rd and West 54th Streets, according to sources with knowledge of the transaction. Cornerstone Macro is expected to move from its current location at nearby 650 Fifth Avenue, where it occupies nearly 11,000 square feet, in the summer of 2018.

Asking rent in the deal was in the high $70s per square foot, sources said. The tenant was represented in the transaction by Garett Varricchio and Jessica Tenenbaum of MHP Real Estate Services, while RXR’s Alexandra Budd represented the landlord in-house alongside Cushman & Wakefield’s Peter Trivelas.

“Cornerstone Macro wanted to align themselves with an excellent and reputable landlord, and they were able to achieve that through this transaction with RXR,” Varricchio told CO.

The same cannot be said for the reputation of Cornerstone Macro’s current landlord at 650 Fifth Avenue, the Alavi Foundation, which is notorious for its connections with the Iranian government. In June, a federal district court jury ruled that the U.S. government could seize the 36-story office tower after it was determined that the nonprofit foundation, which owns a 60 percent stake in the property, violated U.S. sanctions against Iran via its partnership with Assa Corp. Assa functioned as a front for an Iranian state-controlled bank that owned the remaining 40 percent of 650 Fifth Avenue, until a federal judge ruled in 2013 that the government could seize Assa’s share.

But Varricchio said that Cornerstone Macro’s move to 1330 Avenue of the Americas was more motivated by the tenant’s desire to stay in Midtown—as well as the “boutique nature of the building,” given its relatively smaller floor plates compared to most of the surrounding Class A office stock.

Law firm CKR Law recently doubled its footprint at 1330 Avenue of the Americasafter inking a lease for the entire 16,300-square-foot 12th floor, as CO first reported last week. That deal took CKR Law’s total square footage at the property to nearly 33,000 square feet.

An RXR spokeswoman confirmed the deal but declined further comment. Representatives for Cushman & Wakefield did not immediately provide comment.

https://commercialobserver.com/2017/11/research-firm-cornerstone-macro-nyc-office-rxr-realty-1330-avenue-of-the-americas/

BY REY MASHAYEKHI NOVEMBER 9, 2017 12:40 PM

Lender Varagon Capital Inks 28K-SF Deal to Relocate Within Midtown

299 PARK AVENUE. PHOTO: BRETT BEYER

299 PARK AVENUE. PHOTO: BRETT BEYER

Varagon Capital Partners, an asset manager that focuses on lending to middle-market companies, has signed a 28,316-square-foot deal at Fisher Brother’s 299 Park Avenue to relocate its offices, Commercial Observer has learned.

The lender will occupy the entire third floor of the 42-story, 1.2-million-square-foot building between East 48th and East 49th Streets.

The asking rent in the deal was in the high $80s per square foot, according to a source with knowledge of the transaction. The length of the deal was not immediately clear. 

Varagon was formed in 2014 with backing from American International Group and affiliates of Oak Hill Capital Management. It is moving from the 22nd floor of 488 Madison Avenue between East 51st and East 52nd Streets by the end of this year. There the company has 10,360 square feet, according to CoStar Group.

CBRE’s Leo Paytas and Conor Denihan handled the deal for Varagon. Fisher Brothers was represented in-house by Marc Packman and Clark Briffel, and a Newmark Knight Frank team led of David FalkPeter ShimkinAndrew SachsEric Cagner and Andrew Peretz. Representatives for CBRE and NKF did not immediately return requests for comment and information.

Fisher Brothers expects to begin a David Rockwell-designed renovation of 299 Park Avenue early next year, which will include a new lobby, revitalized entrance that will allow more light from outside and an illuminated plaza. The work will cost approximately $20 million.

“Our capital improvement program at 299 Park Avenue is going much deeper than a standard refresh and completely transforming the aesthetic of the building with a sleek design and modern feel,” Winston Fisher, a partner at Fisher Brothers, said in a prepared statement. “We are pleased to welcome Varagon to the growing roster of blue-chip tenants [at] 299 Park Avenue.”

Existing tenants in the 1967 building include Capital One and UBS.

https://commercialobserver.com/2017/11/lender-varagon-capital-inks-28k-sf-deal-to-relocate-within-midtown/

Wealth Management Firm for Blackstone Co-Founder Moves Within Midtown

399 PARK AVENUE. PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP

399 PARK AVENUE. PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP

Peterson Management, which manages the family assets of Peter Peterson,Blackstone Group co-founder and former Lehman Brothers chief executive officer, is heading to the former Citigroup headquarters on Park Avenue.

The firm will relocate from 26,000 square feet at Paramount Group’s 712 Fifth Avenue to 40,000 square feet of offices at Boston Properties’ 399 Park Avenue, The Real Deal reported. The outfit led by Peterson’s son, Michael Peterson, will set up shop in a penthouse-like space that includes outdoor terraces and a glass box constructed on top of the building’s setback. Rents in the 15-year lease start at $130 a square foot and rise to $150 a square foot towards the end of the term, according to TRD.

Seth Hecht of Cushman & Wakefield and Joseph Conwell of Philadelphia-based GPX Realty Partners represented Peterson. (GPX Realty is a subsidiary of private investment firm GPX Enterprises, another company headed by Michael Peterson.) It wasn’t immediately clear who represented the landlord.

A spokesman for C&W declined to comment, and Boston Properties’ spokeswoman didn’t respond to a request for comment.

The wealth management company will relocate along with the nonprofit Peterson Foundation, which Peter Peterson launched in 2008 to focus on fiscal sustainability and national debt.

BY REBECCA BAIRD-REMBA NOVEMBER 6, 2017 11:31 AM

https://commercialobserver.com/2017/11/wealth-management-firm-for-blackstone-co-founder-moves-within-midtown/

The Beekman Group Grows With Move to Nearly 8K SF at 530 Fifth Avenue

530 FIFTH AVENUE. PHOTO: RXR REALTY

530 FIFTH AVENUE. PHOTO: RXR REALTY

The Beekman Group, a private equity firm based in New York City, is moving from just under 5,000 square feet at 489 Fifth Avenue to 7,803 square feet in the nearby 530 Fifth Avenue between West 44th and West 45th Streets, Commercial Observer has learned.

Cushman & Wakefield’s Douglas Dolgoff told CO that The Beekman Group, founded in 2004, outgrew its space and rather than take two floors at 489 Fifth Avenue, it opted for a full tower floor (23) at the 26-story, 536,135-square-foot 530 Fifth Avenue. The building’s office portion is owned by RXR Realty and a partnership of Thor Equities and General Growth Properties owns the retail space.

“The main driver was trying to keep the location as close to the old location,” Dolgoff said. “We had a tight set of parameters for where they wanted to end up.”

Beekman liked that RXR agreed to deliver a turnkey installation so “they didn’t have to come out of pocket for construction costs,” Dolgoff said. The value of that construction, he estimated, is about $130 or $140 per square foot.

The lease is for eight years with an asking rent of $85 per square foot, an RXR spokeswoman indicated. Beekman will move in upon completion of the construction, she added.

Avison Young’s John RyanAnthony LoPresti and Michael Leff represented the landlord along with Dan Birney and Alexandra Budd of RXR. An Avison Young spokesman didn’t respond with a comment.

Tenants include movie and television show producer Lionsgate in 34,300 square feet, as CO previously reported, and financial firm Ameriprise Financial in about 21,000 square feet.

Carlyle Group mulls space at One Vanderbilt

Rendering of One Vanderbilt and Marc Holliday (Credit: SL Green)

Rendering of One Vanderbilt and Marc Holliday (Credit: SL Green)

Global investment firm Carlyle Group is in talks for four floors at SL Green Realty’s One Vanderbilt.

The firm is the latest tenant to consider taking space at the 1.7 million-square-foot office tower, the New York Post reported. Management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. is also reportedly looking at 250,000 square feet at the project.

Germany’s DZ Bank and DVB Bank recently inked a lease for 35,500 square feet on the 26th floor. The bank was the first office tenant to sign on to the building since TD Bank, which inked a long-term lease as One Vanderbilt’s anchor tenant in 2014.

In April, chef Daniel Boulud agreed to open a restaurant on the tower’s second floor. The restaurant will span 11,000 square feet, and Boulud will invest in the project rather than signing a traditional lease. [NYP]— Kathryn Brenzel

https://therealdeal.com/2017/10/24/carlyle-group-mulls-space-at-sl-greens-one-vanderbilt/

Fintech giant Finastra expanding into 285 Madison penthouse

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RFR Realty LLC  announced that global financial technology provider Finastra – created when Misys and D+H joined forces in June this year – has expanded into the 11,275 s/f  full-floor penthouse at 285 Madison Avenue.

Finastra already occupies 23,500 s/f on the fourth floor of the newly repositioned office tower near Grand Central Terminal and Bryant Park.

Finastra is the third largest Fintech (financial technology) firm in the world. It has over 9,000 customers across 130 countries, including 48 of the top 50 banks globally.  The expanded office space will bring all New York-based employees under one roof.

The landlord was represented by Alexander Chudnoff, Mitchell Konsker, Dan Turkewitz and Diana Biasotti of JLL, as well as RFR’s Senior Vice President and Director of Leasing AJ Camhi. Jon Sarkisian, Neil King and Emily Jones of CBRE represented the tenant in the lease transaction.

“We are delighted that this exciting global financial technology firm, Finastra, has chosen to expand its presence within 285 Madison,” said Camhi. “The leasing velocity we’ve seen here since we completely reimagined this well-located office tower speaks volumes about tenants’ desire to match a sought-after location with an array of exceptional on-site amenities.”

The Finastra expansion comes on the heels of Tommy Hilfiger (PVH Corp.) signing a 200,000 s/f lease to relocate its U.S. corporate headquarters to 285 Madison Avenue, joining  global firms including Brighthouse Financial, Pepsico, Bessemer Venture Partners, StriVectin Operating Company and General Electric Company.

In addition to the flurry of new office leasing at the building, recent retail deals at 285 Madison Avenue will bolster the building’s transformation, adding additional amenities for tenants and the surrounding neighborhood.

The Benjamin Group—the restaurant operator behind the Benjamin Steakhouse and Sea Fire Grill concepts—signed a 16-year lease for 9,020 s/f for a Benjamin Steakhouse. Popular Community Bank, part of the international financial services group Banco Popular, signed a lease for the 3,553 s/f corner space. London-based coffee purveyor Taylor Street Baristas occupies 1,040 s/f of space adjacent to the restaurant, as well as a portion of the mezzanine.

The building was acquired by RFR vacant in 2012 and has been transformed through a $65 million  renovation and design upgrade. This includes a landscaped roof terrace with lounge seating and an adjacent indoor multipurpose collaboration space with tables and selected art. The building lobby also has a rotating contemporary art program, currently featuring works by Peter Dayton, Enoc Perez, and Mike Bidlo.

Other tenant amenities include a private lounge, event space, fitness center complete with showers and men’s and ladies’ locker rooms, and a bike storage area.

BY REW 

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

http://rew-online.com/2017/09/19/fintech-giant-finastra-expanding-into-285-madison-penthouse/

Tottenham Hotspur owner’s firm takes 46K sf at SL Green’s 100 Church

Bahamas-based Tavistock Group signed 15-year lease

Bahamas-based Tavistock Group signed 15-year lease

An investment firm founded by the owner of the English soccer club Tottenham Hotspur signed a 46,492-square-foot office lease at SL Green Realty’s 100 Church Street in the Financial District, according to public company records and the real estate investment trust’s quarterly earnings press release.

The lease has a term of 15.6 years, according to the release.

Property records show the entity that signed the lease, 100 Church Street Tenant LLC, is registered to the Florida address of a senior executive at Bahamas-based investment firm Tavistock Group. Tavistock did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Founded by British-born billionaire Joe Lewis in 1975, Tavistock owns restaurants, life sciences companies and real estate properties, among other holdings. The 80-year-old Lewis is the owner of English soccer club Tottenham Hotspur.

SL Green took over control of the 1 million-square-foot office tower from the Sapir Organization in 2009.

https://therealdeal.com/2017/07/19/tottenham-hotspur-owners-firm-takes-46k-sf-at-sl-greens-100-church/

Silver Lake in talks to move to 55 Hudson Yards

Silver Lake co-founder Jim Davidson and 55 Hudson Yards

Silver Lake co-founder Jim Davidson and 55 Hudson Yards

The private equity firm would leave its office at Solow's 9 W. 57th St.

Silver Lake, an investment firm that has backed the likes of Alibaba and Dell, is in talks to move its New York offices to 55 Hudson Yards, according to Bloomberg. The company is said to be looking for around 50,000 square feet at the upcoming office tower. 

The move would make Silver Lake the second marquee tenant to leave the Solow Building at 9 West 57th Street for a new home at Hudson Yards, after private equity firm KKR bought a 343,000-square-foot office condo at 30 Hudson Yards in 2015.The news was first reported by the business and politics website Axios.

Other tenants signed up at the 1.3 million-square-foot 55 Hudson include Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset and law firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. The tower is being developed by Mitsui Fudosan, which owns a majority stake, along with Related Companies and Oxford Properties.

Another potential tenant is the law firm Cooley, which is spearheading Snap’s upcoming IPO and potentially eyeing up to three floors at the tower, as The Real Deal reported.  [Bloomberg] — Will Parker

https://therealdeal.com/2017/02/28/silver-lake-in-talks-to-move-to-55-hudson-yards/

Financial firm takes 125K sf at Brookfield Place

Brookfield Place at 200 Vesey (Credit: Brookfield Place via Facebook)

Brookfield Place at 200 Vesey (Credit: Brookfield Place via Facebook)

Brookfield Place, formerly known as World Financial Center, went back to its roots and signed financial brokerage Tullett Prebon to a 125,000-square-foot lease.

The company will move into the fifth and part of the sixth floor at 200 Vesey Street in 2018, Crain’s reported. It is moving from Jack Resnick & Sons’ 199 Water Street.

JLL’s Scott Panzer and Shannon Rzeznikiewicz represented Tullett, while the landlord was represented in-house. Asking rents at the complex are in the $50s per square foot.

Earlier this month, the Royal Bank of Canada renewed a 400,000-square-foot lease at Brookfield Place.

The complex has signed several large media tenants in recent years, shifting its tenant makeup away from financial firms.

Brookfield is currently shopping a 49 percent stake in the property.  [Crain’s] — Konrad Putzier

https://therealdeal.com/2017/02/17/financial-firm-takes-125k-sf-at-brookfield-place/

Law Firm, Investment Company Ink 48K SF at 437 Madison Avenue

437 MADISON AVENUE.

437 MADISON AVENUE.

Two companies located at William Kaufman Organization’s 437 Madison Avenue have signed deals totaling 47,821 square feet to remain in the building, the landlord announced in a release today.

In the larger transaction, law firm Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads inked a 28,297-square-foot direct lease, after it was a subtenant in the building for Nixon Peabody starting in 2011.

Montgomery McCracken will continue to occupy a portion of the 23rd floor and the entire 24th floor of the 850,000-square-foot office tower between East 49th and East 50th Streets. The asking rent in the 10-year deal was $90 per square foot.

“The decision to remain at 437 Madison made sense to us for our attorneys and clients during a critical time for growth and we’re excited to expand our presence in the building,” Lee Unterman, a managing partner of Montgomery McCracken’s New York office, said in prepared remarks.  

Michael Lenchner of Sage Realty Corporation, the leasing and management arm of William Kaufman Organization, negotiated the deal.

In the second transaction, investment management company Prelude Capital has signed a six-year early renewal and is expanding its offices in the building. It will occupy a total of 19,524 square feet on a portion of the 33rd and 34th floors. Previously, Prelude occupied just 7,000 square feet on the 33rd floor. The asking rent was $105 per square foot. Lenchner negotiated the deal. 

“The expansion of our 437 Madison Avenue offices represents a commitment to the highest quality infrastructure in an ideal location with an established long-term partner,” Cisco del Valle, a co-founder of Prelude Capital, said in the release.

William Kaufman Organization recently completed a top down, $60 million renovation of the 40-story building, which includes a new 8,870-square-foot lounge on the 15th floor, a redesigned lobby and arcade, new plaza, renovated elevators and upgraded the mechanical systems.

“These transactions are a clear indicator of the ongoing resurgence of the Midtown East market and the success of our multi-million dollar capital improvement program at 437 Madison Avenue, an iconic property that has been reimagined for the 21st century,” Lenchner said in a statement.

https://commercialobserver.com/2016/12/law-firm-investment-company-ink-48k-sf-at-437-madison-avenue/

TradingScreen takes 20K sf at 1 Penn Plaza

Financial tech provider signed 10-year lease for office at Vornado building

One Penn Plaza

One Penn Plaza

Financial technology provider TradingScreen signed a 10-year lease for nearly 20,000 square feet at Vornado Realty Trust’s One Penn Plaza.

The deal will see the company taking 19,944 square feet on the 49th floor of the 2.6 million-square-foot building, Commercial Observer reported. Asking rents in the deal were not made available. However, in October, Fuse Media took 27,000 square feet at the building, and asking rents in that 10-year deal were between $67 and $72 per square foot.

TradingScreen currently rents space at SL Green Realty’s  215 Park Avenue South, according to the publication.

David Dusek and Paul Ferraro of JLL represented TradingScreen. Vornado was represented in-house by Craig Panzirer and Jared Silverman.

One Penn Plaza was left with a 150,00-square foot vacancy when the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency left the building for One World Trade Center, and Vornado has been slowing working to fill the space.

The company is planning a massive overhaul of its Penn Plaza portfolio, and intends to combine One and Two Penn Plaza office buildings into a 4 million-square-foot complex.

“The goal here is to achieve market rents as much as 50 percent higher as market rents,” Vornado CEO Steven Roth said of the plan on a company earnings call in February. [CO] — Miriam Hall

Investment Adviser Renews Nearly 14K SF at Rudin’s 845 Third Avenue

845 Third Avenue. Photo: CoStar Group

845 Third Avenue. Photo: CoStar Group

An investment counseling firm has opted to renew its headquarters at the Rudin family’s 845 Third Avenue for another 10 years, Commercial Observer has learned.

Inverness Counsel will stay put in its 13,787 square feet at the building between East 51st and East 52nd Streets into 2026, according to a press release provided by the landlord.

The firm, which manages about $2.6 billion in assets, has been based at the property since August 2006, CoStar Group indicates.  

“Inverness Counsel has enjoyed its long-standing relationship with the property’s ownership as it established its headquarters in the space over 10 years ago,” Cushman & Wakefield’s Eric Reimer, who represented the tenant in the deal, said in prepared remarks.

Rudin was represented in-house by Thomas Keating, the head of commercial leasing for Rudin Management Company, which oversees the building. Asking rent was $59 per square foot, according to a spokeswoman for the landlord.

“We are delighted that our long-term tenant Inverness Counsel has recommitted to 845 Third Avenue for another decade,” William Rudin, the chief executive office of Rudin Management, said in a statement.

The 53-year-old building is no stranger to financial and corporate firms. Other occupants of 845 Third Avenue include investigator K2 Intelligence, financial firm Kroll Bond Rating Agency and home health provider SeniorBridge Family Companies.

 

https://commercialobserver.com/2016/10/investment-adviser-renews-nearly-14k-sf-at-rudins-845-third-avenue/

Thor Lures Personal Finance Company From Third Avenue

597 FIFTH AVENUE. PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP

597 FIFTH AVENUE. PHOTO: COSTAR GROUP

Thor Equities has leased out a full floor of its 597 Fifth Avenue to a personal finance firm, Commercial Observer has learned.

ValuePenguin will occupy the whole fifth floor, or 6,370 square feet, of the 81,000-square-foot building between East 48th and East 49th Streets, according to a press release from Thor.

The company signed a 10-year deal at the property, also known as the Charles Scribner’s Sons Building, and is moving from a smaller space at 600 Third Avenue, according to Thor.

Asking rent was in the deal was $65 per square foot, a source familiar with the deal said.

Douglas Elliman’s Anita Grossberg represented ValuePenguin, while Thor’s Adam Rappaport represented the landlord in-house with Christel Engel and Robert Gallucci of Colliers International. Grossberg did not immediately return a request for comment.

“The quality of the existing building meant that we wouldn’t be required to do significant imagining on our own about what to do with the office,” Jonathan Wu, the chief executive officer of ValuePenguin, said in an email. “Instead we could simply extend what was already there and focus on our business.”

Thor seems to be leasing out full floors of the 1913 building, originally built to house Scribner’s Bookstore. In April 2015, CO reported that Bateleur Capital signed a deal for the whole 6,364-square-foot ninth floor, and GCT Constructors inked a lease for the entire 6,364-square-foot fourth level.     

“597 Fifth Avenue is ideally situated on Fifth Avenue between Bryant Park and Central Park, with Grand Central Terminal, [Pennsylvania] Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal all in close proximity,” Melissa Gliatta, Thor’s chief operating officer, said in prepared remarks.  

https://commercialobserver.com/2016/10/thor-lures-personal-finance-company-across-fifth-avenue/

 

Investment Manager Staying Put at SL Green’s 600 Lexington Avenue

600 LEXINGTON AVENUE.

600 LEXINGTON AVENUE.

An international investment firm has re-upped its three-floor lease at SL Green Realty Corp.’s 600 Lexington Avenue.

Commercial Observer has learned that MKP Capital Management has renewed for more than five years at the building between East 52nd and East 53rd Streets. The firm currently occupies the 16th through 18th floors, according to a press release provided by the landlord.

An SL Green spokeswoman said the investment manager has been based at the 300,000-square-foot property since 2010. Asking rent in the renewal was $85 per square foot, she added.

SL Green leasing chief Steven Durels noted in prepared remarks that the 36-story tower is “a magnet for financial firms because of its boutique-size floors flooded with natural light, floor-to-ceiling windows and upscale lobby.”

John Mambrino and Evan Margolin of Savills Studley represented the tenant and declined to comment via a spokeswoman. Larry Swiger represented SL Green in-house.

Popular sandwich shop Pret A Manger signed a deal in June 2014 to occupy a portion of the building’s retail section, as CO reported at the time. The eatery took a  corner section at the Midtown property.

Some of the other office tenants at the building include Nissan and aviation firm NetJets, a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary. 

https://commercialobserver.com/2016/10/investment-manager-staying-put-at-sl-greens-600-lexington-avenue/

Winton Capital leaves Seagram Building for 315 PAS

Hedge fund to take 35K sf at Columbia Property Trust tower

315 Park Ave South in NoMad (inset from top: Winton Capital’s David Harding and Columbia Property Trust’s Nelson Mills)

315 Park Ave South in NoMad (inset from top: Winton Capital’s David Harding and Columbia Property Trust’s Nelson Mills)

U.K.-based hedge fund Winton Capital is relocating from the Seagram Building to 315 Park Avenue South in Midtown South.

The investment firm signed a 10-year lease for 34,844 square feet at Columbia Property Trust’s under-renovation office tower, according to the Wall Street Journal. Columbia CEO Nelson Mills said the move was a “badge of honor” for 315 Park.

Winton will have a private elevator, lobby and elevators in the 328,193-square-foot building. The asking rent for the space was $105 per square foot.

Columbia, a real estate investment trust, paid $375 million to buy the 20-story pre-war building from Spear Street Capital in 2014. L&L Holding Company manages the property and handles leasing services.

Spear Street bought the building in 2013 from Craig Nassi’s BCN Development for $250 million.
Columbia has also reeled in new tenants including Equinox, which is taking 44,000 square feet, and Fullscreen, a YouTube channel aggregator that’s taking 17,000 square feet.  Oracle Corp. plans to expand its footprint there, as well.

https://therealdeal.com/2016/07/11/winton-capital-leaves-seagram-building-for-315-park-avenue-south/

Financial Manager Renews at SL Green’s 485 Lexington Avenue

485 LEXINGTON AVENUE.

485 LEXINGTON AVENUE.

Offit Capital Advisors, an employee-owned finance firm, has inked a 10-year renewal at 485 Lexington Avenue, Commercial Observer has learned.

The firm will remain in its 14,206 square feet on the whole 24th floor of the SL Green Realty Corp.-owned building between East 46th and East 47th Streets, according to a press release from the landlord. Offit Capital has been based at the 921,370-square-foot property since September 2010, CoStar Group indicates.

Asking rent in the deal was $78 per square foot, according to an SL Green spokeswoman.

“We are delighted that Offit Capital has elected to extend its occupancy with us,”Steven Durels, the head of leasing for SL Green, said in prepared remarks. “Leasing momentum in Midtown East and particularly in the Grand Central [Terminal] submarket has remained very strong this year.”

Larry Zuckerman of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank represented Offit Capital, while Natasha Brown represented SL Green in-house. An NGKF spokeswoman did not immediately return a request for comment.

Earlier this month, Tailwind Capital signed an early renewal for its full-floor space one level below on the 23rd floor, as CO previously reported. The investment firm is staying in its 14,206-square-foot office for an additional five years. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center signed a 54,200-square-foot sublease for seven years on the second floor of the building in February 2014.

https://commercialobserver.com/2016/06/financial-manager-renews-at-sl-greens-485-lexington-avenue/