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Macmillan Publishers take 261,000 s/f at Silverstein’s 120 Broadway

Silverstein Properties announced that Macmillan Publishers has signed a 20-year lease to occupy 261,000 s/f at 120 Broadway, the 40-story, 1.9 million-square-foot Downtown office tower.

Photo by mi chiel/ Flickr
Photo by mi chiel/ Flickr

Macmillan, a group of companies that publishes a range of works, will relocate in early 2019 from multiple locations, including the Flatiron Building, to occupy floors 22 through 26 of 120 Broadway.

“We are thrilled that 120 Broadway will serve as Macmillan’s home for the next two decades,” said Roger A. Silverstein of Silverstein Properties. “In making the move Downtown, Macmillan joins a growing list of leading publishing, media and creative firms that have been attracted to Lower Manhattan for its vibrant mix of residences, open spaces, shopping, dining, cultural attractions and transit options.”

“We are delighted to be moving to 120 Broadway,” said Andrew Weber, COO of Macmillan Publishers. “The move will be great for our people and our planned growth, and the architectural heritage of 120 Broadway means we will be moving from one of New York City’s great iconic buildings to another.”

120 Broadway was the largest office building in the world when it opened in 1915.  Known as the Equitable Building, the property features a grand lobby with high ceilings, 50,000 s/f floor plates and in-building subway access.

Spanning a full city block bordered by Broadway, Nassau, Pine and Cedar Streets, 120 Broadway is home to such tenants as American Lawyer Media, Beyer Blinder Belle, SIFMA, Strategies for Wealth and the Alliance for Downtown New York.

The Downtown Alliance reports that 739 firms have moved to Lower Manhattan since 2005, leasing over 18.1 million square feet.  Of those companies, 419 have been in TAMI or professional services fields, taking 59 percent of the space leased.

“Macmillan’s new commitment to Lower Manhattan is not only welcome news, it’s yet more evidence that Lower Manhattan is once again the center of the publishing world,” said Jessica Lappin, President of the Alliance for Downtown New York.  “In the 19th and early 20th centuries these streets were home to the country’s great publishers and writers. It’s amazing to see history repeat itself.”

She added that “we’re doubly thrilled by this announcement as we can welcome them to 120 Broadway where the Alliance has made its home for 20 years.”

Silverstein Properties was represented in-house by Roger A. Silverstein, Joseph Artusa and Camille McGratty.  Macmillan was represented by Leon Manoff, vice chairman of Colliers International.

According to Manoff, “Macmillan is a multi-faceted organization whose various publishing units have unique identities within the company. The size and configuration of 120 Broadway’s floors allow for operational efficiencies, clustering of these units, and personalization of space for individual groups — something absolutely essential for successful collaboration, creativity and author service.”

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