The Rockefeller Group today announced that White & Case LLP, a law firm with operations in 26 countries, has signed a 440,000 square foot long-term lease for its New York office at 1221 Avenue of the Americas. The leased space includes the top floors in the building, as well as below grade space. The firm will relocate to 1221 in 2017.
The firm plans to remain on Sixth Avenue in a move north to one of Rockefeller Center’s premier office towers. Located between West 48th and West 49th Streets, 1221 Avenue of the Americas was developed by The Rockefeller Group in the modern expansion of Rockefeller Center to the west side of Sixth Avenue.
The tenant was represented by Ken Siegel, Tom Doughty and Lisa Kiell of Jones Lang LaSalle. The Rockefeller Group was represented by an in-house team led by Ed Guiltinan, along with a Cushman & Wakefield brokerage team led by Executive Vice Chairman John Cefaly.
The lease brings total new leasing activity at 1221 Avenue of the Americas to more than 700,000 square feet over the past 18 months. New leases and renewals have totaled more than 1.5 million square feet over the past 36 months, making the building among the most active in all of Manhattan over that period.
“The Rockefeller Group is extremely pleased that White & Case has chosen to relocate to 1221 Avenue of the Americas,” said Mr. Guiltinan, senior vice president and head of leasing in New York for The Rockefeller Group. “White & Case considered many locations throughout Manhattan, and their decision to lease space in 1221 affirms the desirability of midtown, and specifically the Avenue of the Americas. 1221’s location in the center of midtown provides tenants many benefits and amenities, as well as numerous commutation options. This lease to such a prestigious law firm and highly-pursued tenant demonstrates the desirability of 1221.”
Designed by Harrison Abramovitz & Harris, the architects of all of Rockefeller Center, 1221 Avenue of the Americas totals approximately 2.5 million square feet. It is interconnected through a concourse level to all of Rockefeller Center and seven subway lines. The class-A building is among the largest buildings in Manhattan to achieve LEED®-EB certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.