820 Second Avenue, Diplomat Center: office and retail space for lease in Midtown East, NYC.

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Address: 820 Second Avenue Class: A
Cross Streets: 43rd & 44th Streets Size: 164,758 SF
Year built: 1964 Architect: N/A

The office building at 820 Second Avenue was completed in 1964 in the Turtle Bay area of Midtown East. Also known as the Diplomat Center, the building mostly houses foreign consulates and permanent diplomatic missions to the United Nations, which is located nearby.

Designed by George Greene, the building underwent renovation efforts in 1988 and 2008, and consists of separately parceled, privately owned commercial office condominiums.

165 KSF of Class A Midtown East Office Space

The 19-story Diplomat Center offers 164,758 square feet of Class A Midtown Manhattan office space, as well as over 11,000 square feet of retail. The building managed by Philips International offers commercial office condominiums for rent and for sale, with floor plates typically 9,600 square feet in size. The Diplomat Centre Condominium Association is the building owner.

Amenities at 820 Second Avenue include 24/7 access, attended lobby and on-site security and management, and four passenger elevators.

Getting to and from 820 Second Avenue

The Diplomat Center is located in Midtown East, close to the United Nations headquarters, the Grand Central Station and Bank of America. The building is convenient to all the various transportation options at Grand Central Terminal, including the 4, 5, 6 and 7 subway trains, as well as Amtrak and MetroNorth lines and a shuttle connecting to Times Square. LaGuardia Airport is also just 15 minutes away from 820 Second Avenue.

Who is renting office space at 820 Second Avenue?

The majority of the office-using tenants at 820 Second Avenue consists of diplomatic missions to the UN and other foreign agencies, including: the Government of Croatia; the Permanent Mission of Peru, the Permanent Mission of Barbaso; and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Other notable tenants include Northwell Health, William Schwitzer & Associates, and a Hallmark Shop.

How much is the rent price for office space at 820 Second Avenue?

Average office asking rents at 820 Second Avenue are roughly on par with the average commanded in Midtown Manhattan. Prices in this coveted area of the city reached a post-recession peak in 2019, closing Q1 at $87 per square foot, per CBRE data. Class A office space in Midtown East comes at a premium, with rents often surpassing the Midtown average. The Turtle Bay area in particular continues to draw big-ticket tenants and government agencies looking for a boost in prestige and state-of-the-art building amenities.

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Building Location & Nearby Public Transportation

Nearby Transportation


2nd Avenue & East 39th Street - 8 minutes Walk
East 49th Street & 1st Avenue - 7 minutes Walk
East 49th Street/2nd Avenue - 8 minutes Walk
1st Avenue & Mitchell Place - 8 minutes Walk
1 Av/E 42 St - 1 minute Walk
2nd Avenue & East 42nd Street - 4 minutes Walk
2nd Avenue & East 46th Street - 5 minutes Walk
3rd Avenue & East 42nd Street - 7 minutes Walk

Important Information

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