[A] slew of potential buyers had been whittled down to a mere five finalists. Along with Sitt, those included Vornado Realty Trust; a group that included David Werner; Jeff Sutton with SL Green Realty; and what turned out to be watch retailer Swatch.
The slender 20-story building, on the east side of the tony block between 53rd and 54th streets, contains a mere 97,500 square feet. The pricing equates to about $1,450 a foot. Most prospective buyers had talked of leaving the bottom two or three stories as retail, with the rest turned back into boutique offices for investment-type tenants.