New York Market Overview
- Total Manhattan Class A Office vacancies increased from 8.8 % vacant to 9.1 % vacant
- Total New York City Office vacancy increased from 7.9 % vacant to 8.1 % vacant
The overall office leasing market remained flat in Manhattan last month with Class A properties showing the most improvement and Class B properties continuing to lag. Asking rents in Class A properties rose in six of eight submarkets in Midtown and Downtown while Class B rates dropped in five of those eight areas. The uptick in asking rents in select submarkets is a sign of market stabilization, but not of a sustained period of rent increases.
With rents beginning to stabilize on Madison Avenue, the 30-plus vacancies on the corridor between 57th and 72nd streets are beginning to fill up with what, at the height of the market, would have been an unlikely array of tenants. Once a corridor for only affordable to luxury jewelers and watchmakers, the city's prime shopping strip has begun to attract a more varied set of apparel and accessories retailers at $800 to $900 per foot.