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Manhattan sees record 21% office vacancies

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Daniel Alpert, managing partner of Westwood Capital, is seen in his office on Fifth Avenue in New York October 15, 2020. - The life of a Wall Street trader was once one of business trips and work dinners, but now it is anything but. The culprit, as with so many of the economic and financial disruptions the United States has faced over the past months, is the coronavirus pandemic, which has rendered life for the brokers, bankers and businessmen fueling the world's largest economy much more lonely. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

Daniel Alpert, managing partner of Westwood Capital, is seen in his office on Fifth Avenue in New York October 15, 2020. - The life of a Wall Street trader was once one of business trips and work dinners, but now it is anything but. The culprit, as with so many of the economic and financial disruptions the United States has faced over the past months, is the coronavirus pandemic, which has rendered life for the brokers, bankers and businessmen fueling the world's largest economy much more lonely. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

Daniel Alpert, managing partner of Westwood Capital, is seen in his office on Fifth Avenue in New York October 15, 2020. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 2:09 PM PT – Friday, August 13, 2021

Manhattan is experiencing a record high in office vacancies as businesses have continued to flee the Empire State. A Newmark market report said Manhattan’s availability rate reached 21 percent in the second quarter of 2021, which set a new record for the region.

Reports for Midtown and Midtown South showed similarly high vacancies. Meanwhile, analysts said New York’s aggressive COVID-19 lockdown measures forced businesses and workers to leave the city in record numbers.

“The other cities have become more competitive as a result of the pandemic and the whole remote work phenomenon,” said President of Business Organization Partnership for New York City, Kathryn Wylde. “It’s going to require a real shift in public policy toward focusing on quality of life, a positive business climate and affordability.”

High tax rates and a drastic rise in crime have been cited for stunting New York’s economic recovery following the ease of coronavirus restrictions.

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