The typical asking rate per listing is in the $50's per square foot per year. The Garment District submarket is going through a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate went up $0 per sqft per year. That's a 1% rise in rent.
Compared to the rest of the New York City market, the Garment District region has less expensive rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this depreciated region.
In the last 90 days, 482 listings have been posted online, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 9% of the available leases in the Garment District are subleases, so you will probably have to consider a longer term lease. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet on the market, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 2,340 sqft. Most buildings in this area are around 14 stories. Most buildings in this region were built in 1924 and are Class B.
Finance and insurance are the dominant industries in this area. Commute by taxi is the most popular way to get to work amongst Garment District residents. Commuting between 20 and 25 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.