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Visitors return to Lower Manhattan, It’s boosting local hotels and retailers — but even more than two years after the pandemic, office vacancies remain high and asking rents are trickling in one of the city’s main business districts. going down

Office rental activity in the region remains 45% below its five-year quarterly average in the second quarter of 2022, down 31% from the first quarter, according to a new report from the Alliance for Downtown New York.

20% or more of office space Citing data from Cushman & Wakefield, the second quarter saw record overall vacancy rates across all three Manhattan office markets, including Lower Manhattan, Midtown and Midtown South. 20% threshold. Lower Manhattan’s average asking rent was $56.80 per square foot, down 5.5% year over year.

“Office leasing activity has been slower than expected this quarter and whether it was a temporary setback or reflects a new baseline in the evolving situation,” Alliance President Jessica Lappin said in a statement. “However, we have seen continued demand in the residential sector and a response from the real estate community to begin conversions on at least five properties in the district to meet that demand.” I did.”

The report cited properties slated for Potential residential conversions or apartments include a 30-story property at 55 Broad St. to be a residential building with a market value of 571 units. And 40 Fulton Street, an office property for sale by Vornado, “is speculated to be converted to residential use due to its small floor plate and good access to light.” housing conversion,” the report said.

Office occupancy has increased across the city this year, but it’s clear that remote work will persist in some form. Many businesses make decisions about their office needs with that reality in mind.

The report noted that hotel occupancy rates “improved significantly” last year, with Lower Manhattan’s occupancy rate at 77% in the second quarter. That puts him just 11% below the same period in 2019. Retail store openings further exceeded 2019 levels.

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Cellular Service Coming to Subway Tunnels in 10 Years — The New York Times’ Ana Ley: “New York City’s subway tunnels will be wired to connect riders traveling underground in a handful of places in the sprawling metropolis where cell phone service doesn’t reach,” according to the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Officials who run the subway system said it would take 10 years to complete the task because of the scale of the project. distance) of underground railroad tracks.

$600 million project paid for and built Transit Wireless, a New York-based telecommunications infrastructure company, already provides access to cellular and Wi-Fi services at all 281 subway stations in the city. ”

Evictions on the Rise — David Brand of City Limits: “The number of legal evictions in New York City increased monthly in the first half of 2022 as rents skyrocketed and pandemic tenant protections began to decline, city data shows. According to statistics it maintains, city sheriffs have carried out at least 1,527 residential evictions so far this year.The DOI only updates its database after a marshal reports an eviction, so lawful evictions are not. The actual number may be higher and this may take days or weeks.

The state ban on most evictions ended Jan. 15. But as long as tenants responded to notices and visited housing courts, the expiry didn’t cause a sudden surge in legal removals, as the various requirements prolong the process. ”

Citi Launches 24/7 High Speed ​​Camera — Eric Bascom of Staten Island Advance: “Starting Monday, more than 2,000 speed cameras installed throughout New York City will begin ticketing drivers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. City School Zone Speed ​​Camera Program has come a long way since it was first enacted in 2013 and implemented in 2014. At that time, only 20 mobile camera units were strictly ticketed during school hours on weekdays. .”

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City Can’t Save Beloved Bed-Stuy Mansion — Anna Bradley Smith of Brownstoner: “Efforts to save Jacob Dangler’s home in Bed-Stuy are out of time. The New York City Department of Buildings issued a permit on Tuesday for the complete demolition of the building. A video posted on Instagram by a neighbor on Wednesday. marks the beginning of demolition of the 1890s building, a week or so ago when the landmark stepped in and likely saved the French Gothic Revival house at 441 Willoughby Avenue at the last minute. The LPC held a hearing to consider the building’s landmark on Tuesday, July 12. At the hearing, attendees overwhelmingly supported the mansion’s landmark.

Tumi shrinks office space — Commercial Observer’s Celia Young: “Tumi will be checking out luxury luggage at Nomad’s slightly smaller bargain early next year. We signed a 10-year deal to move to 20,000 square feet.The rent for the 34th Street location was $60 per square foot, according to landlord broker Newmark.”

Industry Movement — Raju Mann, Former Director of Land Use On the New York City Council, he joined Arup, a global design and engineering firm, as Associate Principal and Urban Planning Leader for the firm’s New York office.

— New York and Singapore The rate of rent increase in the first half of 2022 is the highest in the world.

— Mayor Eric Adams Joined the “drowsy” advocate for those experiencing homelessness and raised awareness of the growing crisis.

— some cities provides cash to keep employees from driving to work and encourages them to use public transportation.

— Garbage enclosure The stuff installed in Times Square to hide the trash bags is full of eyesores.

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