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NEW YORK CITY-At midyear, Manhattan’s office leasing market for 2010 is on pace to look more like 2007 or even 2005, CB Richard Ellis and Cushman & Wakefield said earlier this week at media briefings. That comes after the two worst consecutive years of the past decade. Separately, C&W on Thursday reported that the average vacancy rate in 31 CBDs across the US has declined for the first time since ’07.

“The story for New York during the recession and recovery is how much better we’ve performed than the rest of the country,” said Ken McCarthy, C&W’s managing director of research for the New York metro region, at his company’s second-quarter briefing Wednesday. Since January of this year, the city has been adding office-using jobs four times as rapidly as the US overall, he pointed out.

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