The Manhattan office market continues to reel from the impacts of COVID-19, with net absorption in the fourth quarter of 2020 clocking in at negative 10.6 million square feet, the highest negative total recorded since early 2009 at the peak of the Great Recession.

A new report from Colliers shows that overall, the Manhattan office sector showed rising vacancy (an uptick by 40 basis points to 8%), a 3.5% fall in asking rents to $75.39 per square foot, and the aforementioned negative absorption, which Colliers deems “significant”. (Despite that, Manhattan has the lowest vacancy rate of the markets tracked by the Colliers report.)

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