Operating your business from a high floor inside a prestigious building offers numerous advantages. Your clients will receive a better experience working with your company and your employees will have extra motivation and improved morale. Everyone involved will also benefit from ample natural light as well as a significant reduction of noise coming from the streets, helping you stay focused. Manhattan is known for its large number of tall buildings – which means that if you want great views and more natural sunlight, without being blocked by nearby buildings, you have to aim high.
Midtown Manhattan is home to some of the most globally recognizable buildings in New York City, the tallest of which include The Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building – both built in the 1930’s. Since then, many new highrises have been constructed to fill the growing demand for modern Class A office space in Midtown Manhattan. Today, we will examine some of the best building options for companies looking to find premium high-floor office space in New York City.
Most iconic office towers in Midtown Manhattan are decades-old, and while the majority of them have been upgraded and retrofitted to modern Class A standards, some lesser known buildings may lack the modern amenities that tenants look for. However, they offer a key advantage. Unfortunately, it is practically impossible to find smaller office spaces on high floors in modern buildings such as 30 Hudson Yards, One World Trade Center, One Vanderbilt and many others. The smallest spaces in those buildings target tenants looking for 10,000+ square feet. If your company is looking for smaller office space on a high floor of a prestigious tower, your choices are limited to buildings such as the Chrysler Building or The Empire State Building. For office spaces in the 2,500-7,500 square foot range, those two buildings may be ideal. Reach out to us and we will help you find office space that meets the needs of your organization.
In the future, it is very likely that we will keep seeing taller and more luxurious Class A office towers being constructed to satisfy the demands of large companies in tech, finance, media and professional fields. Various skyscrapers are proposed or currently under construction across the city, signaling that the city skyline will evolve significantly in the coming years.
List of 10 Tallest Office Buildings in Midtown Manhattan
Let’s look over the ten tallest office buildings in Midtown Manhattan. Half of the buildings on this list are located in Hudson Yards, which goes to show just how much the NYC skyline has changed over the decades. Additionally, there are 15 million square feet of new Class A office space currently planned in the borough for 2030.
1. One Vanderbilt | 1 Vanderbilt Avenue | 1,401 feet
This massive office tower rises next to Grand Central Terminal. It’s dubbed One Vanderbilt and it’s the fourth tallest building in NYC. Standing 93 stories above ground, it’s also the second-tallest office building in the city after the One World Trade Center. The KPF-designed tower features 1.8 million square feet of Class A Grand Central office space that was completed in early 2020. This project was made possible due to the Midtown East rezoning plan, allowing SL Green to develop a supertall skyscraper in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. See our video about One Vanderbilt, including a newer video about One Vanderbilt’s incredible observation deck.
2. 30 Hudson Yards | 1,270 feet
This 101-story office tower situated at 30 Hudson Yards was completed in 2019, boasting a design by renowned architects at Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF). The building incorporates the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere and 2.8 million square feet of Class A office space for rent at Hudson Yards. High-profile office tenants at 30 Hudson Yards include Time Warner and subsidiaries HBO, CNN, Warner Brothers, and KKR, Related Companies, and Oxford Properties.
3. Empire State Building | 350 Fifth Avenue | 1,250 feet
The Empire State Building, completed in 1931, once held the title of the world’s tallest structure – and it kept it for 4 decades. Although it has been surpassed by the glossy towers at the World Trade Center complex and Hudson Yards, its legendary status remains unrivaled. This 102-story tower located at 350 Fifth Avenue is the third-tallest office building in Midtown Manhattan and it features 2.3 million square feet of Class A office space at Grand Central. Completed in 1931, it’s one of the oldest buildings on this list; however, it was completely renovated and upgraded to modern standards in 2011. Notably, it’s one of the few remaining buildings in Manhattan where it’s still possible to obtain smaller office spaces in a premium Class A building.
4. Bank of America Tower | 1 Bryant Park | 1,200 feet
Built in 2009, this 55-story, 2.1 million-square-foot tower is located at 1 Bryant Park and it’s the fourth-tallest office building in Midtown Manhattan. It was designed by Cook + Fox Architects and developed by The Durst Organization. Upon completion, the tower became the first commercial high-rise in the U.S. to earn LEED Platinum certification for its energy efficiency. Bank of America is the anchor tenant at the Plaza District office building, alongside McKool Smith, The Durst Organization, HBK Investments, and retail tenants Starbucks, Charlie Palmer, and Burger & Lobster.
5. The Chrysler Building | 405 Lexington Avenue | 1,046 feet
One of the most iconic buildings in the world, the Chrysler Building at 405 Lexington Avenue, is one of the tallest structures in NYC to this day. Built in 1930 for Walter Chrysler, this Art Deco building is a National Historic Landmark and one of the most architecturally stunning projects in the city. Its design includes various ornaments relating to the automotive industry and Chrysler cars, including hood ornaments, fenders, and hubcaps. The tower also incorporates a stunning Art Deco lobby that’s open to the public.
The building’s owner, RFR, uses above-standard finishes and luxurious materials on their pre-built office space at the Chrysler Building. The upper floors incorporate small floor plates with multiple corners, and as a result, spaces on these floors offer incredible views. Much like The Empire State Building, it’s still possible to lease smaller sized office spaces inside the Chrysler Building – making it attractive to smaller but successful businesses looking to secure a premium location that will be sure to impress clients. Another key benefit is that the Chrysler Building has direct tunnel access to Grand Central Station, making it extremely convenient for commuting. Executives can get off Metro North or the subway and avoid the weather when heading to the office.
6. The Spiral | 66 Hudson Boulevard | 1,041 feet
The Spiral, also known as 66 Hudson Boulevard, is a 66-story office tower currently under construction in Hudson Yards. Tishman Speyer is working with Danish architect Bjarke Ingels to develop a 2.8 million-square-foot monolith right between Hudson Boulevard and Tenth Avenue. This building is scheduled for completion in 2022 and has already signed Pfizer, Alliance Bernstein, and Debevoise & Plimpton as tenants. A unique feature of The Spiral is a series of wraparound outdoor gardens that seem to ‘spiral’ around the building’s floors, giving tenants access to a little bit of nature even at this high elevation.
7. 50 Hudson Yards | 1,011 feet
This 58-story, 2.9 million-square-foot office tower at 50 Hudson Yards is one of the most anticipated office projects in NYC. Scheduled for completion in the spring of 2022, the Foster + Partners-designed building will be one of the most luxurious and most expensive office destinations in Hudson Yards. 50 Hudson Yards will also provide a plethora of top-class amenities, including an on-site auditorium, two terrace levels, valet parking, and exquisite views of the Hudson and the Midtown Manhattan skyline.
8. One Manhattan West | 401 Ninth Avenue | 996 feet
This 67-story tower dubbed One Manhattan West is part of the 5.4 million-square-foot Manhattan West masterplan, spearheaded by Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority. The building designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill was completed in 2019 and is almost fully leased. Notable tenants include Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, the National Hockey League, Accenture, Ernst & Young, and Fried Frank.
9. Two Manhattan West | 401 West 31st Street | 935 feet
This 58-story Two Manhattan West tower is rising right next to One Manhattan West. The building topped out in early 2022 and has already snagged its anchor tenant, law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore. The tower will feature two million square feet of Class A office space and is expected to earn LEED Gold certification from the USGBC for its energy efficiency.
10. Citigroup Center | 601 Lexington Avenue | 915 feet
The Citigroup Center at 601 Lexington Avenue was completed in 1977 and was designed by Hugh Stubbins & Associates alongside Emery Roth & Sons. It was initially constructed to house the Citibank headquarters, which continues to operate in the building to this day. This Class A Plaza District office tower features 1.4 million square feet of office space across 59 stories and is home to tenants such as Blackstone, Boston Properties, Kirkland & Ellis, Citibank, and Fahrenheit Capital.
Are you thinking of setting up your business in a convenient location in Manhattan? Are you looking to lease space in a modern building offering state-of-the-art amenities? To learn about available office space, call Metro Manhattan Office Space at (212) 444-2241 or email us at [email protected].