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Manhattan retail improved across all major metrics in 2022 when compared to 2021, CBRE reported

Manhattan Retail Leasing Improved in 2022, Yet Challenges Remain

Manhattan’s retail market improved during 2022 along all major metrics compared to the prior year, CBRE reported. The rebound in tourism, demand in the entertainment and luxury sectors and a return to normalcy during the holidays propelled the New York retail market to a better position than in 2021.  

During the fourth quarter, average asking rents in the prime 16 retail corridors saw a modest 1.2% uptick to $615 per square foot. That represents the second consecutive quarterly increase. 

Leasing velocity improved 11.6% annually to 2.5 million square feet, but showed signs of slowing down in Q4, when it declined 9.7% from the prior quarter’s total. “While the market exuded positive momentum in Q4, economic headwinds are expected to present a challenge over the next several quarters, which could slow or halt progress in New York’s retail landscape,” according to CBRE.

Pictured: 489 Broadway in SoHo, where footwear brand Dolce Vita signed a lease in the fourth quarter of 2022.

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