CRE Execs Say NYC's Tech Industry Will Fluorish in "718 Land"

June 23, 2015

Where will New York City's tech industry flourish going forward? Not in Manhattan, say commercial real estate executives. They predict that four of the five neighborhoods that attract technology businesses are in "718 Land," not in Manhattan.

That's according to the Spring 2015 Gotham Commercial Real Estate Monitor, a survey from accounting firm Marks Paneth of more than 100 New York commercial property owners, brokers, agents, engineers, accountants and lawyers specializing in the commercial space.

The survey shows that most professionals favor Brooklyn and Queens as a technology industry growth platform.

When asked what neighborhoods will lead in the leasing of commercial space to technology businesses, the majority (54%) of local commercial real estate executives gave Brooklyn and Queens the nod, picking the 718 area code for four of the five top spots. Of Manhattan neighborhoods, only Midtown West/Hudson Yards ranked in the top five -- 13% executives thought it would lead in tech leasing. It was outstripped by Long Island City (22%) and almost matched by Brooklyn Navy Yard (12%), Downtown Brooklyn (10%) and DUMBO in Brooklyn (10%).

"Brooklyn and Queens have been hot areas for technology growth, and commercial real estate executives seem confident that that trend will continue," said William H. Jennings, Partner-in-Charge of the Real Estate Group at Marks Paneth. "It's safe to assume that in the near term, technology leasing will grow faster outside Manhattan." 

Press pickup includes: 

         New York Real Estate Journal

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         Law 360

         Spoke

         Digital Journal

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         Bisnow

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         Yahoo! Finance

         International Business Times

         MarketWatch

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         Arizona Republic