Midtown East

The Story

After years of effort, the city council is close to approving a major rezoning of the “Midtown East” commercial-office district. This area east of Grand Central Terminal was formerly the core of Manhattan’s central business district, but the aging building stock is not appealing to modern tenants. New construction in Midtown East could bring jobs and activity to a moribund area, but the city must work with the real estate industry to ensure that the terms are workable: otherwise, the rezoning won’t produce anything new.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Ancient: Seventy-five percent of the 400 buildings in the area are at least 50 years old and do not offer the type of open floorplan that tenants desire. Read more.

  2. Transit: The Second Avenue Subway extension and the LIRR East Side Access project will greatly increase the attractiveness of Midtown East as a destination for employers. Read more.

  3. Trust: The de Blasio administration wants to set a high minimum sale rate on air rights in the district, concerned that the industry will attempt to defraud the city by making side deals. Read more.

“East Midtown is back.”

Council member Dan Garodnick

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Building the Opportunity City By Steven Malanga (Spring 2001)

“Everybody knows that New York City’s economy has boomed during the Giuliani administration, but just how spectacularly it has grown comes as a shock when you look at the details.”

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