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Real estate ‘unicorn’ Orchard Technologies moving downtown

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Aiming to simplify the process of selling and buying a home, Orchard Technologies, a newly developed “unicorn,” had its own odyssey of finding a new home for its fast-growing business. The result: a welcome, 107,000-square-foot increase for the downtown office market.

The four-year-old firm produced 25,000 square feet of Knotel flexible space before Knotel went bankrupt earlier this year.

Orchard temporarily moved to WeWork on West 14th Street, but needed more elbow room for his growing staff.

Now Lult LL Holding has signed a three-story lease on 195 Broadway, a “wedding cake” tower between Fulton and Day streets.

Surprisingly, part of Orchard’s new field was originally built for Knotel, which he never owned.

Orchard announced earlier this month that it had raised $ 100 million in Series D funding, raising its total wealth to more than $ 1 billion.

Even before that, he had big growth plans and was immediately looking for a suitable home. “We’re starting to see short-term sublises around Manhattan,” said Peter Trivelas of Cushman & Wakefield, who co-starred Orchard with Cushman’s Gary Ceder. But when they reviewed 195 Broadway, L&L was “creative,” offering them better for rent, which was associated with Orchard’s rapid growth, Trivelas said.

Orchard has a “free lease” on a three-story lease in the city center.

Orchard will have the entire 25-26th floor and the 24th floor. As is typical of today’s market, a 10-year lease includes a period of “significantly free rent,” Trivelas said.

“They won’t pay for a full 107,000 square feet in a few years.” The company is not moving all at once, but gradually over the next year. The agreement includes opportunities to expand the building.

Trivelas said there is a possibility of canceling the lease if L&L doesn’t allocate additional space, but that’s unlikely, as the expiration of the lease on 195 Broadway is in line with the firm’s expansion plans. The rent was around $ 50 per square foot.

Most of Orchard’s 200 employees worked from home, but will move to new excavations in January, Trivelas said. They enjoy river and sky views, lots of light in the large windows, and the proximity of the Nobu restaurant on the first floor.

L&L leasing director Andrew Wiener said the 195 Broadway was fully leased before the pandemic and is now only three stories high.

“The beauty of it [Orchard] From September next year, we will have the lease expire at the end of 2022, which will give them the extra space they need, ”Wiener said.

Wiener confirmed the free rental part of the lease, which he described as a “market”.

195 Broadway interior photo showing chandeliers and marble columns
195 The stunning architectural details on Broadway greet Orchard workers as they begin their transition to work in January.

195 Other tenants on Broadway include Gucci (for U.S. headquarters), Omnicom, and HarperCollins.


Express barrels will reopen at Midtown Restaurant. Ralph Lauren’s polo-bar, a real estate property, will welcome shoppers in the main dining room on October 12, 2020, for the first time since the grand lockout in March 2020.

While the Polo was recently used for personal events in the lounge on the first floor, Midtown movers and shakers wanted to return to the underground dining room, where the “Ralph’s Famous” oatmeal sandwich was the best-selling.

Appearance of a Manhattan polo bar
Special events will be held at the Polo Bar after the COVID hit, but now from October 12, the main dining room will be open again for those who want to eat a bite.

Polo forces included elected officials, top lawyers, media titans and show business stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kanye West. We once saw pre-presidential Donald Trump order a well-prepared steak and, of course, a bolt after a few bites.


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The 145,000-square-foot lease means combining BDO’s three Manhattan offices into one in a 3.1 million-square-foot tower owned by Irvine since 2005 by Tishman Speyer.

As previously reported, improvements to the huge tower built along the alley will include a front foyer, a new reception hall and a convenient pedestrian connection to the Grand Central Terminal.

Orchard Technologies and BDO USA deals came together in the third quarter during Manhattan’s strong leasing season.

CBRE reported that leasing increased in the second quarter, the strongest performance since the pandemic began.

Leasing of 5.88 million square feet in the third quarter was up 70 percent from the second quarter — even though the five-year quarter was down 5 percent from an average of 6.16 million square feet.

Nicole LaRusso, senior director of research and analysis at CBRE, said: “Net absorption increased by 465,000 square feet in the third quarter – which will help lower historical availability rates”.

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