SL Green Announces Three Lease Transactions Totaling 318,000 Square Feet

SL Green Announces Three Lease Transactions Totaling 318,000 Square Feet

New York, NY – October 27, 2011 – SL Green Realty Corp. (NYSE:  SLG) today reported that it had entered into three lease transactions totaling 317,758 square feet, including 95,271 square feet of expansions.  The deals represent a continuation of already strong 2011 leasing momentum for New York City’s largest office landlord, as it increases its Manhattan portfolio occupancy.

The leases announced today are:

  • Beth Israel Medical Center, which signed a 112,941-square-foot, 15-year lease renewal for office space at 555 West 57th Street.  The world-renowned health care provider remains at the 20-story, 975,983-square-foot building, where it has been a long-term tenant.  The building is 99% occupied.

  • Bloomingdales signed a 147,652-square-foot, 10-year lease for office space at 919 Third Avenue.  The transaction includes a 37,454 square foot expansion. The 1.5 million-square-foot, 47-story tower is 100% occupied.

  • HealthFirst signed a 57,817-square-foot, 20-year expansion, taking an additional full floor at 100 Church Street in downtown Manhattan.  The health insurance provider, which signed its first lease at the building last year, will now occupy a total of 229,817 square feet.   The property is now 83% leased following SL Green’s repositioning of the asset and lease-up of space, which had previously been vacant for five years during prior ownership.

“We believe these significant long-term leases are a confirmation of continued healthy leasing activity as we approach year end,” commented Steven Durels, executive vice president, Director of Leasing and Real Property for SL Green.  “Well-established organizations in a wide variety of industry sectors continue to evaluate their long-term space requirements and take advantage of current opportunities to lock in rents at premier SL Green owned and operated buidings.”  

Josh Kuriloff of Cushman & Wakefield represented Beth Israel; CBRE’s Scott Gottlieb and Michael Laginestra acted on behalf of Bloomingdales; and Derek Trulson and Bill Peters of Jones Lang LaSalle represented HealthFirst.

Company Profile

SL Green Realty Corp., New York City’s largest office landlord, is the only fully integrated real estate investment trust, or REIT, that is focused primarily on acquiring, managing and maximizing value of Manhattan commercial properties. As of September 30, 2011, SL Green owned interests in 58 Manhattan properties totaling more than 35.3 million square feet. This included ownership interests in 25.8 million square feet of commercial properties and debt and preferred equity investments secured by 9.5 million square feet of properties. In addition to its Manhattan investments, SL Green holds ownership interests and debt and preferred equity interests in 32 suburban assets totaling 7.3 million square feet in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Westchester County, Connecticut and New Jersey, along with four development properties in the suburbs encompassing approximately 465,000 square feet.

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Steven Durels, Exec VP,

Director of Leasing and Real Property

SL Green Realty Corp.

(212) 216-1617

Melanie Keenan

Rubenstein Associates

212 843-8092