New York office market reports

Q1 2024

To kick off 2024, Manhattan concluded Q1 with 6.1 million square feet (msf) of leasing activity – a slight decrease of 3.4% compared to Q1 2023. The total availability rate surged by 50 basis points (bps) from the previous quarter to 19.7%. This overall availability increase was primarily attributed to a rise in directly available space, climbing by 2.4% from 78.6 msf to 80.5 msf.

Nevertheless, the deals being signed paint a positive picture for the future of the Manhattan office market, particularly in class A space. The average length of class A lease terms has risen by 14.9% from Q1 2023 to Q1 2024, expanding from 97 months to 112 months. Additionally, 66.6% of overall leasing consisted of new leases or relocations.

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of Manhattan leasing activity in Q1 2024 falls below Q1 last year

Leasing activity for Q1 2024 in Manhattan reached 6.0 million square feet (msf), marking a decrease of 40.5% compared to the pre-COVID Q1 average from 2000 to 2019. This figure also reflects a 3.4% decrease from 2023 and a 27.6% drop compared to 2022. Despite slightly exceeding last quarter’s amount of 100,000+ square feet leases, this marks the lowest level of first-quarter leasing activity since 2021.

On the other hand, 66.6% of overall leasing in Q1 comprised either new leases or relocations, signaling a promising start to the year after renewal activity dominated in 2023.


Manhattan availability rate jumps 50 basis points to start the year

The overall availability rate in Manhattan has seen a significant spike at the beginning of 2024. By year-end 2023, the overall availability rate was at 19.2%, a figure that rose by 50 basis points in just one quarter.

This increase in overall availability was primarily attributed to direct available space, which rose by 2.4% from 78.6 msf to 80.5 msf – the highest level since Q1 2022. This quarter also witnessed the introduction of 13 blocks of 100,000+ square feet to the market. Additionally, sublet available space increased by 1.3% from 20.8 msf to 21.0 msf.


increase in Class A length of lease terms, Q1 2024 vs. Q1 2023

Over the past 12 months, there has been a convergence in the average length of Trophy and Class A lease terms. From Q1 2023 to Q1 2024, the length of Trophy lease terms decreased by 13.0%, going from 128 months to 111 months, whereas the length of Class A lease terms increased by 14.9%, rising from 97 months to 112 months.

The increase in Class A lease term lengths can be largely attributed to landlords offering record-level concession packages, enticing occupiers to sign longer-term leases.

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