WJB Capital is trading the financial district for new digs in midtown, hoping to attract new employees with a more convenient location. In the process of moving uptown, the firm will also double the size of its office.

The broker-dealer, which focuses on equity and derivative trading, signed a 12-year lease for 31,440 square feet on the ninth floor of 909 Third Ave., between 54th and 55th streets. Asking rent was $54 a square foot....

... “They had been downtown ever since the firm was founded,” said Evan Margolin of Studley who worked on the deal on behalf of the tenant. He noted the company decided to take advantage of falling prices in midtown real estate. “They thought it would be easier to attract employees there,” he added, referring to the more central location. ...

... Vornado was represented in-house by Tom Costanza and Andy Ackerman.