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Positive Absorption Erodes Availability Rate for Manhattan Office 

Overall positive absorption in Manhattan’s office leasing market took the availability rate down 30 basis points to 19.2% in the second quarter, CBRE said Tuesday. With net absorption of 976,000 square feet in Q2, Manhattan recorded 5.94 million square feet of leasing activity during the quarter, 4% below the five-year quarterly average. 

“The flight-to-quality trend played a leading role in leasing activity, particularly in Midtown, as several tenants committed to the newest, best-in-class office space with amenities that appeal to their employees,” said Nicole LaRusso, senior director of research and analysis, U.S. north region.

Faring best of the three submarkets was Midtown, which saw 4.24 million square feet of leasing, up 25% from Q1 and 11% above the five-year average. Midtown South was 13% behind the five-year average, although net absorption was positive. Downtown posted negative absorption of 365,000 square feet and its availability rate rose to 22.6%. 

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