There are nearly 200 empty storefronts on Broadway: Brewer

Borough prez says new policies are needed to address woes along 13-mile avenue

TRD New York /
Jun.June 13, 2017 02:40 PM

Nearly 200 storefronts on Broadway are sitting vacant, a recent survey released by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer shows.

The survey, run by volunteers and interns, was commissioned to provide the city with a clear view of the extent of commercial vacancies. The survey found almost 60 percent of the vacancies are below 110th Street, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Broadway stretches 13 miles from the Financial District to Inwood.

“The normal ‘invisible hand’ of capitalism — old businesses closing and new ones quickly replacing them — too often doesn’t seem to work in Manhattan,” Brewer said in a statement. “Almost every neighborhood seems to have a storefront that’s been vacant for years.” She added there’s a need for new policies to encourage occupancy.

In New York City, buying power per square foot of retail space declined 7 percent from 2000 through the first three months of 2017, according to CoStar Group figures.

In the first quarter of 2017, availability rates increased year-over-year in nine of the 11 submarkets in Manhattan, according to analysis from Cushman & Wakefield. The retail market in the city has weakened over the past 18 months, and some landlords are turning to short-term leases to fill space.  [WSJ]Miriam Hall

(To view Manhattan retail leases completed in 2017 so far, click here)


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