The Ultimate Workplace – Trade Observer


New York is calling

Welcome to the new Empire State Building (ESB).

ESB is an authentic Art Deco masterpiece fully modernized for the 21st century and globally recognized for its energy efficiency, the latest in sound building technology, and the most abundant amenities of any building in New York City.

Close to 15 subway lines and major transportation hubs like Penn Station, Port Authority, PATH, and Grand Central Terminal, ESB is every traveler’s dream. The building’s convenient location in the city center has a near-perfect walk score.

ESB offers endless possibilities for tenants of all sizes. Enjoy $600 million in capital improvements, an unparalleled 65,000 square feet of tenant-only amenities, and the latest in healthy building technology.

ESB tenants – LinkedIn, Workday, Shutterstock, JCDecaux, Priceline, Expedia, Skanska and others – aspired to locate their workplace at ESB as they sought quality, amenities and technology to meet their recruiting, retention, health, and productivity.

AMENITIES – Be Connected

Nowhere in New York can tenants find a building with all of these features at such an accessible price that appeals to everyone.

There’s always something new to explore at ESB – day or night – in tenant-only facilities that will span 65,000 square feet with the completion of recently announced additions. Tenants have exclusive use of a 15,000 square foot luxury fitness center with numerous treadmills, stationary bikes, free weights, locker room equipment, and more. and a newly renovated conference center on the 67th floor with stunning city views. There is also eight in-building dining options from fast-casual eateries like Tacombi and Chopt to elegant American fare with private dining at STATE Grill and Bar at the new Starbucks Reserve.

ESB recently announced plans for a modern amenity area – due for completion next year. Tenants can challenge co-workers to a game of basketball, pickle ball or badminton on the intermural court, host an upscale presentation in the town hall bookable space with sliding bleachers for over 400 people and play 18 holes inside the building at “ESRTees” – a bookable lounge with two golf simulators. The 120+ person lounge is the perfect place to relax, socialize or work on projects. The new three-story, 23,000-square-foot Starbucks Reserve opens at ESB in November 2022, one of only four in the country and the only one with a full kitchen. At the Reserve, customers can enjoy to-go coffee and exclusive ESB x Starbucks products on the main level of the store or elevate their experience with breakfast, lunch or dinner and cocktails in the lounge on the second floor and at the lobby level. Private dining rooms are also available on the lobby level of the Reserve.

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TENANTS – Be among the greatest

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ESB attracts high quality office tenants across a wide range of industries. LinkedIn, Workday, Shutterstock, JCDecaux, HNTB, Agoda (Priceline), Expedia, Coty, Citizens Watch and Skanska – among other great companies – have chosen ESB for the health, happiness and engagement of their employees. ESB’s largest tenant, LinkedIn, currently occupies more than half a million square feet. LinkedIn has partnered with ESRT on numerous expansions and customized its East Coast headquarters throughout its 11-year tenure to create an inspiring collaborative space for its employees. Find out what LinkedIn employees love most about their unique office space and why they praise the ESB as the “coolest building [they] will never work.

Did you know that across its portfolio, ESRT has facilitated the expansion of 255 tenants that total more than 2.4 million leasable square feet since the company went public in 2013. Others include ICapitala leading global fintech company, has expanded four times since its initial lease in 2017 to a total of 141,224 square feet over six floors at A large central square. Burlington Stores, Inc. increased its space 1400 Broadway to 102,898 square feet over three floors and Signature Bank expanded for the third time for a total of 313,109 square feet over 11 floors.

SUSTAINABILITY – Be the future

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From 2022, ESRT’s portfolio is 100% carbon neutral through operational emissions reductions and offsets by supporting forest conservation and renewable wind power across the portfolio.

ESB tenants benefit from active bipolar ionization which has been independently shown to neutralize 99.92% of coronaviruses; CO2 sensors for a 50% improvement in cognitive tasks; No/Low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) and Red List materials, which increase cognitive function scores by 61% compared to conventional buildings; and natural light and views to improve well-being and work performance by 78% and 70% respectively. Through these efforts, ESRT has become the first wallet in the Americas to obtain the strict WELL health safety rating and one of the first in the world to obtain the annual renewal of the rating.

The deep energy renovation of the “world’s most famous building” – supported by the Clinton Climate Initiative, Rocky Mountain Institute, Johnson Controls and JLL – reduced the building’s total energy consumption by 54% and led the building to receive an Energy Star rating of 86 which placed it in the top 20% for energy efficiency among all buildings measured. This pioneering work led to the “Empire Building Playbook: A Homeowner’s Guide to Low-Carbon Renovations” – ESRT’s Step-by-Step Guide to Reducing Emissions from Commercial Buildings – co-developed by NYSERDA and supported by other New York-based owners.

Due to work demonstrated in the “Empire Building Playbook”, ESRT and ESB tenants will not incur fines related to NYC Local Law 97 – which limits emissions from commercial buildings – until 2030 In partnership with a renewable network, ESRT is on track to reduce operational emissions by 80% at ESB by 2030 and across the portfolio by 2035. ESRT prioritizes tenant education on performance in terms of sustainable development; shared energy, waste and IEQ data for tenant ESG reporting; provisions relating to green leases on 100% of the ESRT portfolio; and custom sustainable design and construction to help achieve common goals. Superior partnerships with tenants through green lease clauses awarded to ESRT Green Lease Leader Platinum Recognitiona major achievement awarded to only nine recipients.

AVAILABILITY – Be part of it

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Availabilities at ESB range from new pre-built spaces and full floors for small startups to space perfect for an iconic corporate headquarters in the ESB Big Block availability. Over 274,000 square feet of prime real estate awaits under one iconic roof. ESB Big Block spans eight full and partial floors with oversized floor plates, 24,000 square feet of multi-level retail space and a dedicated brand entrance on 34th Street. The availability of a full floor on the 68th floor of the ESB tower takes luxury to new heights. The 26,000 square foot prebuilt, designed by Fogarty Finger Architectural, features 360-degree views of Manhattan, multiple meeting rooms, an all-new pantry, and luxury marble, custom woodwork, and steel finishes throughout.

Many potential tenants are looking for open air additions looking for their ideal office space, and ESB’s pre-built 30th floor unit features a large private terrace with panoramic views of Manhattan, seven offices, a conference room and a space for five workstations. ESB also has an 84,000 square foot duplex with two outdoor terraces on the 20th and 21st floors of the building. Availability includes 10 offices, 32 conference and meeting rooms and 455 workstations on two floors. Throughout the building, ESB has a total of 58,000 square feet of private outdoor space.

All ESRT availabilities are eligible for ESRT signing Turnkey services, which include custom architectural design and development; Knoll furniture sets; IT services with cabling, hardware and telephone support; and expert moving consultants for a fast and efficient office moving experience.

BSE announced that Scott Klau’s team for Newmark, a leading commercial real estate consulting and services firm, will serve as the building’s new leasing agent after a successful partnership at ESRT’s One Grand Central Place, 1400 Broadway, and 111 W. 33rd Street. ESRT and Newmark will work together to lease ESB’s first modernized availabilities.

ESB belongs to Empire State Realty Trust (NYSE: ESRT), a REIT that owns and manages office, retail and multi-family properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area. As of September 30, 2022, ESRT’s portfolio includes approximately 9.2 million leasable square feet of office space, 700,000 leasable square feet of retail space and 625 residential units across two multi-family properties.


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