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Starrett-Lehigh Building

601 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
Office, Leasing/Rental

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

02/03/17
...Broadway, moving from its previous office at the Starrett-Lehigh Building.  At that time, the firm’s New York City office had 100 staffers. The number...

12/13/16
...for comment. Hilfiger has been located at the Starrett-Lehigh Building since 2004 when it started consolidating its offices across the city. The company sold properties...

11/23/16
...the city for owning commercial properties like the Starrett-Lehigh Building and 230 Park Avenue – is looking to get $75 million in tax-exempt bond financing from the...

09/23/16
...different product. “When I went to see the Starrett-Lehigh building (a building RXR owns at 601 West 26th Street), I got out of the car...

08/10/16
Scott Rechler’s RXR Realty, owner of prestige office properties like the Helmsley and Starrett-Lehigh buildings, is planning to tackle its first residential development in the...

03/23/16
...property with a similar Twitter campaign, RXR Realty's Starrett-Lehigh Building, also sometimes repeats itself (the building REALLY wants a Snapchat geofilter), but it tends...

03/16/16
...most high-profile office properties in Manhattan, including the Starrett-Lehigh Building and the Helmsley Building, which the company bought for $1.2 billion last May. But behind...

01/19/16
...to add 50,000 square feet of retail at the Starrett-Lehigh Building in order to provide amenities for office tenants hungry for shopping options on the...

01/11/16
...Sixth Avenue, 1330 Sixth Avenue, 340 Madison Avenue and the Starrett-Lehigh Building at 601 West 26th Street – from Scott Rechler’s RXR Realty. The deal valued the...

12/31/15
...one of the two sellers of the 2.3 million-square-foot Starrett-Lehigh Building in West Chelsea for $920 million in 2011. Shorenstein also owns 1407 Broadway, 477 Madison Avenue and 850 Third...

12/29/15
...Sixth Avenue, 1330 Sixth Avenue, 340 Madison Avenue and the Starrett-Lehigh Building at 601 West 26th Street. RXR’s plan was to return most of its investors...

11/25/15
...one of the two sellers of the 2.3 million-square-foot Starrett-Lehigh Building in West Chelsea to RXR Realty in 2011 for $920 million. Last year, Shorenstein sold the...

10/27/15
...not a new strategy — other buildings, like the Starrett-Lehigh Building, have employed similar Twitter-centric campaigns — but it's one that 1407's marketing team says is...

09/25/15
...Realty’s New York office portfolio – including the Starrett-Lehigh Building – and snapped up a minority stake in the Helmsley Building at 230 Park Avenue. Blackstone...

08/04/15
...megadevelopment and across the street from the iconic Starrett-Lehigh Building, which houses tenants such as Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ralph Lauren and Under Armour...

06/25/15
...square feet to its office at RXR Realty's Starrett-Lehigh Building at 11th Avenue and West 26th Street. With the expansion, Crain's reported, the brand...

04/28/15
...valued at about $4 billion. The deal includes the Starrett-Lehigh building.  In December, Melohn Properties sold a a 17-story rental building at 301 West 45th Street...

04/10/15
...Ingels Group  is outgrowing its space at the Starrett-Lehigh Building and is planning to move into bigger digs downtown at 61 Broadway, discussed his design...

03/16/15
...The Starrett-Lehigh Building in Chelsea (credit: Library of Congress via New York Observer) 1. Looking back at the...

02/11/15
...Sixth Avenue, 1330 Sixth Avenue, 340 Madison Avenue and the Starrett-Lehigh Building at 601 West 26th Street – at roughly $4 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed...

01/27/15
...also owns 237 Park Avenue, 75 Rockefeller Plaza and the Starrett-Lehigh Building. Anthony Weistrech's Monday Properties is managing and leasing the skyscraper. CBRE's Darcy Stacom and...

12/24/14
...West 45th Street, 303 West 10th Street and the Starrett-Lehigh Building. -- Mark Maurer...

12/03/14
...opening in February 3. Martha Stewart Cafe coming to Starrett-Lehigh Building 4. How sellers should handle a holiday open house 5. Russian investors sell one office condo...

11/21/14
...a Hugo Boss model, 55 Water Street and the Starrett-Lehigh Building Hugo Boss is moving its North American headquarters to the Financial District. Its new...

07/08/14
...s 61 Broadway from its current offices at the Starrett-Lehigh Building. The Denmark-based firm plans to leave Starrett-Lehigh, also owned by RXR, in January. It...
  • Event Office Leasing
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 2,205
notes
The interior designer signed a lease.
  • Event Office Leasing
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 19,000
  • Price per foot $ 60.00
notes
The sports apparel company signed a 10-year lease for part of the 15th floor, Crain's reported.
  • Event Office Leasing
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 11,000
notes
The investment management firm signed a lease on the 15th floor.
  • Event Office Leasing
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 24,000
  • Publication Date 09/01/2012
  • Event Date 07/23/2012
  • Party 1 RXR Realty
  • Party 2 Centre for Social Innovation
notes
The social enterprise company signed a lease.
  • Event Office Leasing
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 47,144
notes
The advertising firm signed an expansion lease to add to its 130,000 square feet of space at the building, GlobeSt.com reported.
  • Event Sales
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 2,200,000
  • Price $ 900,000,000
  • Price per foot $ 409.09
notes
The Starrett-Leigh building sold for $900 million, or about $409 per square foot.
  • Event Office Leasing
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 3,500
  • Publication Date 04/01/2011
  • Event Date 02/20/2011
  • Party 1 Brokerage 601 West Associates
  • Party 1 Broker Peter Thorsen
  • Party 2 Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Party 2 Brokerage Prime Manhattan Realty
  • Party 2 Broker Shirley McEvoy
notes
The architectural firm signed a seven-year lease.
  • Event Office Leasing
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 33,213
notes
The fashion house signed an expansion lease.
  • Event Office Leasing
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 3,500
  • Price per foot $ 39.00
notes
The fashion designer signed a seven-year lease to relocate its offices from 330 West 38th Street.
  • Event Office Leasing
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 13,000
notes
The software solutions provider subleased part of the eighth floor to relocate its offices from 462 Seventh Avenue.
  • 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
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
notes
The art magazine publisher signed an 8.5-year lease for part of the fourth floor. It is relocating from 111 Eighth Avenue.
  • Event Office Leasing
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 7,500
  • Publication Date 04/01/2007
  • Event Date 02/20/2007
  • Party 1 601 West Associates
  • Party 1 Brokerage 601 West Associates
  • Party 1 Broker Peter Thorsen
  • Party 2 Studio Gaia
  • Party 2 Brokerage Metro Spire
  • Party 2 Broker Esther Zar
notes
The architecture and interior design firm inked a 12-year lease.
  • 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
notes
Ken Fischel of Legacy Real Estate and a C & W team brokered the sublease; firm moves from 137 Varick St
  • Event Sales
  • Building Name Starrett-Lehigh Building
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 2,300,000
  • Price $ 219,000,000
  • Price per foot $ 95.22
  • Publication Date 09/01/2005
  • Event Date 07/23/2005
  • Party 2 Shorenstein Company
notes
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 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
notes
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 30,000
notes
Ad agency moving, expanding from 936 Broadway
  • Event Office Leasing
  • Address 601 West 26th Street
  • Neighborhood Chelsea
  • Borough Manhattan
  • Square feet 6,300
  • Publication Date 01/01/2005
  • Event Date 11/22/2004
  • Party 1 601 West Associates
  • Party 1 Broker Peter Thorsen
  • Party 2 HSI Productions
  • Party 2 Brokerage Cushman & Wakefield
  • Party 2 Broker Jared Horowitz
notes
Commercial production firm moves from 7 West 18th St
  • 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
notes
Champagne importer moves from 717 Fifth Ave.

...of a $525 million loan on RXR Realty’s Starrett-Lehigh Building at 601 West 26th Street. But high-ticket deals are not New York Community’s bread...

...on the Far West Side of Manhattan — the Starrett-Lehigh building at 601 West 26th Street and the Terminal Stores building at 261 11th Avenue — have leased...

...The 125 buildings -- which included 230 Park Avenue, the Starrett-Lehigh Building at 601 West 26th Street, and the Graybar Building at 420 Lexington Avenue -- took several...

...like 111 Eighth Avenue, 450 West 33rd Street and the Starrett-Lehigh Building. These buildings have decreased their vacancy rates meaningfully over the past 18 to 24 months." The...
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