Thor marketing director Christine Gillies tells GlobeSt.com thelease was signed on Sept. 14, four days after the attacks. By then,she says, Manhattan office space was already picked over. "We hitthe town on Friday and secured the space that day," she says. Welooked at a couple of properties and started to feel how tight thereal estate market is. We knew we had to snap it up.

Thor subleased the space from HQ Global Workplaces, which hasthe direct lease with building owner Dakota Realty. Gillies saysthe new location is a "hotel type of office space. We're moving inour own people and our own computers and it's pretty much ready toplug and go." The firm hopes to have permanent space secured whenthe current lease expires. "We've already started looking.

The 41-story building on the northwest corner of 57th Street andPark Avenue, known as the Ritz Tower, was once considered thecity's most prestigious apartment hotel and was the home of LePavillon, New York's most famous and expensive French restaurant ofits time.

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