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Midtown Manhattan Office Availability Is Heading for a Post-Recession High

Available office space in midtown Manhattan in the fourth quarter remained far below the post-recession high, but that may not last long.

As buildings go up and tenants move to newer digs outside of core Midtown -- the flashy Hudson Yards site on the far west side, for example, or the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan -- available space could surge to 14.4 percent of the market by 2021, depending on employment, Savills Studley forecasts. That would be the highest rate since the global financial crisis.

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Construction and tenant moves may drive available midtown Manhattan office space to a post-recession high

Source: Savills Studley

The data suggest landlords may be in a tough spot even as leasing picks up, fueled by a revival in demand from New York’s anchor industry, financial services. The figure in Midtown stood at 10.7 percent in the fourth quarter, the brokerage said, already almost a full percentage point above the post-recession low of 9.8 percent in 2015.

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