NEW YORK – Silverstein Properties announced that Macmillan Publishers has signed a 20-year lease to occupy 261,000 square feet at 120 Broadway, the 40-story, 1.9 million-square-foot Downtown office tower.
Macmillan, a publisher of trade books and education materials, 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.”
Regarded as Downtown Manhattan’s first emblem of elegance and stature, 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 soaring ceilings, generously proportioned 50,000 square foot floor plates and in-building subway access.
Spanning a full city block bordered by Broadway, Nassau, Pine and Cedar Streets, 120 Broadway features convenient access to shopping, dining and transportation options at the new Fulton Transit Center and the WTC Transportation Hub. The property’s diverse roster of tenants includes 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.”