1271 Ave of the Americas, Time-Life building: Class A office space for lease in Rock Center

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Address: 1271 Avenue of the Americas Class: A
Cross Streets: 50th & 51st Streets Size: 2,070,089 SF
Year built: 1958 Architect: Harrison, Abramovitz & Harris

Imagine stepping into a space that’s not just an office but a landmark of mid-century modernism. Leasing 1271 Avenue of the Americas office space provides you just that. Formerly known as the Time-Life Building, you’re not just renting office space here; you’re becoming a part of history.

1271 Avenue of the Americas Office Space: Quite the Legacy

Enter the Plaza District’s 1271 Avenue of the Americas and find yourself where history meets style. This architectural gem was the first to expand Rockefeller Center across Sixth Avenue. Designed in 1958 by Harrison, Abramovitz & Harris, it boasts a lobby so iconic, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated it an interior landmark. More than just office space, it’s a slice of the 1960s glamor, famously depicted in the TV series “Mad Men.” Make your mark in a space that’s as dynamic and ambitious as your business.

The Space You Need: 2 MSF of Class A+ Office Space

Explore the vast possibilities with 2 million square feet of premium Class A+ office space spread over 48 stories. Each floor boasts over 29,000 square feet, offering expansive, versatile layouts that can accommodate your business as it grows. Managed by CBRE, these spaces are designed to impress and inspire.

Amenities That Impress

Step into 1271 Avenue of the Americas and discover a workplace amenities blending functionality and sophistication. After a recent renovation by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, this building offers a vibrant, functional environment. Here’s how you can benefit:

  • New Look and Feel: Experience the fresh exterior facade and the stunning, reimagined lobby that makes a lasting first impression on every visitor.
  • Enhanced Public Spaces: Enjoy gatherings or casual breaks in the newly upgraded plaza that adds a touch of elegance to your workday environment.
  • Retail and Dining Options: With approximately 20,000 square feet of retail space, you’ll have convenient access to shopping and dining right at your doorstep.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: Host meetings or conferences in a modern on-site conference space or the 650-seat auditorium, available to you 24/7.
  • Eco-Friendly Operations: Feel good about working in a sustainable and energy-efficient office setting with LEED Gold-certified status.

Ideal Location

Getting to 1271 Avenue of the Americas office space is a breeze, thanks to direct access to the Rockefeller Center underground shopping concourse and multiple subway lines. Major transit hubs like Grand Central Station, The Port Authority, and Penn Station are just a short commute away. Plus, enjoy the rarity of a parking garage directly beneath your workspace—a coveted feature in Midtown Manhattan.

Who’s Here?

Join a community of esteemed tenants, including Major League Baseball, AIG, Fidelity, and Mizuho Bank. The presence of high-caliber businesses like these demonstrates the prestige and desirability of our location. Whether you’re a startup looking to make a mark or an established enterprise seeking a prestigious Manhattan address, 1271 Avenue of the Americas offers an unmatched professional environment.

Available Space

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Building Location & Nearby Public Transportation

Nearby Transportation


47th–50th Streets–Rockefeller Center - 5 minutes Walk
50th Street (1ABCDE) - 6 minutes Walk
53rd Street–5th Avenue - 6 minutes Walk
49th Street (NR) - 7 minutes Walk
57th Street–7th Avenue - 8 minutes Walk
7th Avenue (BDEFMQ) - 7 minutes Walk
57th Street - 7 minutes Walk


West 50th Street/7th Avenue - 5 minutes Walk
7th Avenue/West 50th Street - 5 minutes Walk
West 49th Street/7th Avenue - 6 minutes Walk
East 50th Street/Madison Avenue - 8 minutes Walk
East 50th Street/5th Avenue - 6 minutes Walk
West 50th Street/Avenue of the Americas - 1 minute Walk
West 49th Street/Avenue of the Americas - 2 minutes Walk
East 49th Street/5th Avenue - 5 minutes Walk
East 49th Street/Madison Avenue - 8 minutes Walk
7th Avenue/West 55th Street - 7 minutes Walk
7th Avenue/West 54th Street - 7 minutes Walk
7th Avenue/West 53rd Street - 6 minutes Walk
Madison Avenue & East 48th Street - 8 minutes Walk
5th Avenue & West 56th Street - 8 minutes Walk

Important Information

Listings are presented for illustrative purposes only; they may no longer be available and are provided merely as an exemplary representation of the types of spaces in a given neighborhood for a given price.