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Starrett-Lehigh Building

601 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
Office, Leasing/Rental
Starrett-Lehigh Building
The Starrett-Lehigh Building at 601 West 26th Street is notable for two things: its sheer size and its most recent price tag. The 19-story, 2.3 million-square-foot building was constructed in 1930 and 1930 as a joint venture between the Lehigh Valley Railroad and the Starrett Corporation, a real estate investment firm. As such, it was built big enough so that trains could roll into its ground floor, with plenty of room left over for office and factory space above and around. Trains, of course, no longer roll into the building. But its design left it capaciously desirable, especially as West Chelsea gentrified around it. Such desirability meant that the Starrett-Lehigh Building fetched $920 million when it last traded in the summer of 2011.RXR Realty, a privately held real estate investment firm, partnered with a Canadian pension firm on the buy. Following its purchase, RXR set about a $50 million effort at upgrading the mechanics and the interiors of the building. Tenants include clothier Tommy Hilfiger, security firm Security Industry Specialists and advertising firm McGarryBowen.
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • neighborhood Chelsea
  • borough Manhattan
  • owner RXR Realty
  • owner entity RXR SL OWNER LLC
  • floors 19
  • Year Built 1931
  • square feet 2,300,000
  • block and lot 1-00672-0001
  • BIN 1012268
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  • Event Office Leasing
  • Building Name Starrett-Lehigh Building
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 109,000
  • Price per foot $ 30.00
  • Publication Date 01/01/2008
  • Event Date 11/22/2007
  • Party 1 NRDC Equity Partners
  • Party 2 Lord & Taylor
  • Party 2 Brokerage CBRE
  • Party 2 Broker Gregory Tosko
notes
The luxury department store signed a lease for new space. The deal comes on the heels of a planned $100 million renovation of its flagship store at Fifth Avenue and 38th Street.
  • Event Office Leasing
  • Building Name Starrett-Lehigh Building
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 47,144
  • Publication Date 07/01/2007
  • Event Date 05/22/2007
  • Party 1 Tommy Hilfiger
  • Party 1 Brokerage Cushman & Wakefield
  • Party 2 Harry Fox Agency
  • Party 2 Brokerage Savills Studley
  • Party 2 Broker Greg Taubin, David Goldstein, Jason Perla
notes
The licensing agency subleased space.
  • Event Office Leasing
  • Building Name Starrett-Lehigh Building
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 15,800
  • Publication Date 05/01/2007
  • Event Date 03/22/2007
  • Party 1 601 West Associates
  • Party 1 Brokerage in-house
  • Party 1 Broker Peter Thorsen
  • Party 2 LTB Media
  • Party 2 Brokerage Cushman & Wakefield
  • Party 2 Broker Mark Lauzon
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The art magazine publisher signed an 8.5-year lease for part of the fourth floor. It is relocating from 111 Eighth Avenue.
  • Event Sales
  • Building Name Starrett-Lehigh Building
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 2
  • Price $ 219,000,000
  • Publication Date 09/01/2005
  • Event Date 07/23/2005
  • Party 2 Shorenstein Company
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Minority stake sold for $219 million in recap deal
  • Event Office Leasing
  • Building Name Starrett-Lehigh Building
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 40,000
  • Publication Date 09/01/2005
  • Event Date 07/23/2005
  • Party 1 Gartner
  • Party 2 Smart Design
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Ken Fischel of Legacy Real Estate and a C & W team brokered the sublease; firm moves from 137 Varick St
  • Event Office Leasing
  • Building Name Starrett-Lehigh Building
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 30,000
  • Publication Date 05/01/2005
  • Event Date 03/22/2005
  • Party 1 DL Mercer
  • Party 1 Brokerage SL Green Realty
  • Party 2 McGarry Bowen
  • Party 2 Brokerage CBRE
  • Party 2 Broker David Hollander, Sacha Zarba
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Ad agency moving, expanding from 936 Broadway
  • Event Office Leasing
  • Building Name Starrett-Lehigh Building
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 80,000
  • Publication Date 05/01/2005
  • Event Date 03/22/2005
  • Party 2 Tommy Hilfiger
  • Party 2 Brokerage CBRE
  • Party 2 Broker Bruce Surry
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Occupancy now around 300,000 sf
  • Event Office Leasing
  • Building Name Starrett-Lehigh Building
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 13,500
  • Publication Date 01/01/2004
  • Event Date 11/22/2003
  • Party 2 Clicquot
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