Sniff, Sniff! WebMD Hunts for More Office Space

WebMD—the Web site frequented by those suffering from neuroses, hypochondriasis and, of course, physical ailments—is looking for more space in the Manhattan office market.

(“People with hypochondriasis,” according to a useful article on WebMD, “are very worried about getting a disease or are certain they have a disease, even after medical tests show they do not.”)

At any rate, WebMD has a lease coming due in 2010 for about 30,000 square feet at 370 Seventh Avenue, just south of Penn Station (the company also has 100,000 square feet at 111 Eighth Avenue, which is not in play). The site is looking to expand administrative offices from that 30,000 square feet to between 40,000 and 50,000 feet in midtown or midtown south.

Newmark Knight Frank tri-state president and principal David Falk, who is representing WebMD, wouldn’t comment for this story. Nor would a WebMD spokeswoman. But we can only imagine business is booming, given current events. At press time, the most read story on the site was titled “Swine Flu: What Are Symptoms of Swine Flu?”

drubinstein@observer.com

Sniff, Sniff! WebMD Hunts for More Office Space