The typical asking rate per listing is in the $120's per square foot per year. The Upper Manhattan submarket is seeing a a boost in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $17 per sqft per year. That's a 15% rise in rent.
Compared to the rest of the New York City market, the Upper Manhattan submarket has higher rates, and you'll have to negotiate above asking rent to be in this hot region.
In the last 90 days, 140 listings have been posted online, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 4% of the office spaces in the Upper Manhattan are subleases, so you will probably have to focus your search on direct office leases. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet posted, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 2,200 sqft. Most buildings in this market are around 5 floors. Most buildings in this market were built in 1920 and are Class A.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Construction is the dominant industry in this region. Commute by walking is the most popular way to get to work amongst Upper Manhattan folk. Commuting between 30 and 45 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.