Leasing activity finished the second quarter of 2008 on par withthe second quarter of 2007. The 739,147 sf leased throughout theregion represented a 1.3% gain since last year, the C&W reportsays. The positive activity was attributable to the healthy SuffolkCounty market, where at 361,075 sf of leased space, made ayear-over-year gain of 67.5%. Lend America'slease of just over 57,000 sf at 520 Broad Hollow Rd. in Melvillewas the largest for the quarter.

According to CB Richard Ellis' Q2 report on Long Island, for thesecond consecutive quarter, Long Island office vacancy was reportedat 11.9%, slightly under the 12.6% vacancy reported one year ago.Although leasing activity declined from 701,113 sf in the firstquarter to 481,100 sf in the second quarter, year-over-year leasingactivity was greater in 2008. As for the Suffolk County market,availability increased by 0.8 percentage points quarter-to-quarter,however, it remained one point below the reported availabilityduring the same period last year. Leasing activity in SuffolkCounty decreased quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year, however, theoverall average rent increased to $24.64 per sf, the reportsays.

According to CBRE, the Long Island office market continued tooutperform the other suburban markets around the region during thesecond quarter of 2008. While Long Island availability increased to14.3% quarter-to-quarter, it was still 0.6 percentage points belowNew Jersey, which reported availability at 14.9%. Stamfordavailability increased to 15%, and Westchester's availability wasthe highest at 17.5%.

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