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Offices for Rent in Manhattan Hit Highest Level Since 2003

The availability rate rose to 13.5 percent in November, according to data from Colliers International.

(Bloomberg)—Manhattan hasn’t had this much available office space since 2003, according to a report by Colliers International.

The availability rate rose to 13.5% in November, with more companies looking to sublease their offices, Colliers said.

The pandemic has emptied out Manhattan offices and prompted companies to reconsider how much space they need as they try to trim costs. That’s weighed on the shares of prominent New York building owners SL Green Realy Corp. and Vornado Realty Trust.

Vornado is redeveloping the area around Pennsylvania Station, a bustling commuter hub that has largely gone quiet with many office workers staying home. The company said Tuesday it was cutting jobs and reducing compensation as it trims costs.

For November, 790,000 square feet (73,400 square meters) was leased in Manhattan, down nearly 80% from a year earlier, according to Colliers. With space flooding the market, average asking rents have dropped more than 3% this year and are now at the lowest level since June 2018.

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