Mighty Amazon may have found a new home in the asphalt jungle. The online marketing gorilla has been trolling the city for a uniquely large office where it can expand by leaps and drones.
We’ve now learned that it is negotiating for a Midtown perch at the Durst Organization’s 1133 Ave. of the Americas at West 44th Street.
The 285,872 square-foot block on the second through 10th floors will be vacated by the Internal Revenue Service. E-mails asking where it was moving went missing.
Durst’s marketing flyers for the floors describe the ability to create a “distinctive presence as an anchor tenant on the exterior of the building as well as in the lobby.”
It will include “a private entrance with a generous plaza area” on West 44th Street and a sprawling 13,000 feet of outdoor landscaped terraces on the second floor, where CEO Jeff Bezos will have views of Bryant Park while he tests out drone deliveries — perhaps to rooftops in the Diamond District.
After the company’s search was outed in 2012, Amazon’s brokers, Justin Halpern and Marcus Rayner of CRESA Partners, securely zip-locked other brokers from yakking, leading some to wonder if they were even still in the market.
The company now has 92,492 feet at the nearby 1350 Ave. of the Americas. But the requirement was difficult, as the retailer expects to gobble up 100,000 to 200,000 feet every few years.
The Durst Organization, led by cousins Jody and Douglas Durst with Tom Bow as their leasing honcho, also has large vacancies at One World Trade Center and 4 Times Square But they are also known for their flexibility and cutting creative deals like that needed by Amazon.
Those who accidently lifted their phones declined comment, but stay tuned.
Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com