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NEW YORK CITY-Law firm Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto has signed a lease for 126,000 sf at 1290 Ave. of the Americas, according to published reports. Brokers representing the tenant were not available for comment by deadline today, and the landlord’s leasing agent did not return calls by deadline.

The firm is entering a 15-year lease for four-and-a-half floors at the 44-story tower, which Vornado Realty Trust purchased last year, say published reports. Reports say the firm plans to relocate from its current location at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Q3 2009.

Leases of 100,000 sf or more have become infrequent in the current market, although last month the Macquarie Group more than doubled its space at Boston Properties’ 125 W. 55th St. The Australian financial services company renewed its existing space of 100,000 sf and added 160,000 sf more.

Earlier this year, 1290 Sixth Ave. was itself the scene of a deal for more than 100,000 sf. In May, GlobeSt.com reported that Cushman & Wakefield will relocate its world headquarters to the Sixth Avenue tower, signing a 15-year lease for 156,282 sf. The real estate services giant will move around the corner from its current world headquarters at 51 W. 52d St.

Fitzpatrick was represented by Mark Weiss and Moshe Sukenik of Newmark Knight Frank, who were not available for comment. Built in 1963, 1290 Sixth contains approximately 1.8 million sf of office space, according to Vornado’s website. The tower’s leasing agent, Tom Costanzo of Vornado, also represented the landlord in-house in the earlier C&W deal.

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