NEW YORK CITY-Helping to get the third quarter off to a good start for Manhattan office leasing, digital marketing agency LBi US is nearly doubling its headquarters space with a move to 11 W. 19th St. While the 52,000-square-foot deal goes somewhat against the grain for office relocations in that the tenant is increasing its footprint as it consolidates from three other sites, it illustrates a pair of trends.

One is the popularity of Midtown South, which Cushman & Wakefield says has more than doubled its year-to-date leasing volume over 2009. The other is the “densification” of office space, as firms seek not only to fit as many employees as possible into a given amount of square footage but also to increase efficiency and interactivity.

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