The Fred F. French Building, a historic 38-story office tower located at 551 Fifth Avenue, NYC.

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Address: 551 Fifth Avenue Class: A
Cross Streets: 45th & 46th Streets Size: 430,165 SF
Year built: 1926 Architect: Sloan & Robertson, Fred F. French Company

Picture yourself stepping into a building where every corner tells a story of ambition, artistry, and excellence. That’s 551 Fifth Avenue office space. Also known as The Fred F. French Building, it’s located in the center of Midtown Manhattan and is a piece of New York history. Designed in stunning Art Deco style by Sloan & Robertson in 1927 it was once the tallest building on Fifth Avenue. However, its charm and grandeur have only deepened with time. Whether you’re looking for an inspiring office space, a prime retail spot, or simply love soaking up NYC’s architectural wonders, 551 Fifth Avenue has something special for you.

A Storied Past, A Bright Future

Why should the history of 551 Fifth Avenue matter to you? Because it’s proof that true quality stands the test of time. Restored in the early ’90s to its original splendor and recognized on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004, this building is not just a workspace—it’s a landmark of achievement and a hotbed of innovation. Envision your business thriving in a place that has inspired generations.

551 Fifth Avenue Office Space Inspires Success

Looking for the perfect spot to elevate your business? With over 430,000 square feet of Class A Grand Central office space and 25,000 square feet of retail area, 551 Fifth Avenue is a launchpad for success. With typical floor sizes ranging from 5,494 RSF to 20,297 RSF and a slab height of 10’ 9”, every inch of 551 Fifth Avenue inspires and facilitates success. From spacious, light-filled offices to prime retail spots, you’ll find the perfect backdrop for your ambition.

Modern Amenities for Modern Tenants

Stepping into office space at 551 Fifth Avenue is like unlocking a world where your workday gets upgraded. Leasing an office here goes beyond having a desk and a door and embraces an environment that boosts your productivity, creativity, and happiness. Let’s break down what makes this place a cut above the rest:

  • Renovated with Style: Imagine waking up and walking into a fully renovated, impressive 38-story tower with a coffee to start the workday. With an updated lobby that shines with bronze finishes, you’re stepping into a statement of prestige and professionalism.
  • Effortless Day-to-Day: Have you ever thought about how much smoother your day could be with modern elevators, on-site management, and 24/7 access? It’s all here. So, forget about those little annoyances that disrupt your flow.
  • Going Green and Staying Connected: With car charging stations right where you need them, embracing sustainability and convenience has never been easier. Moreover, with on-site restaurants, that lunch meeting or quick coffee break becomes a seamless part of your day.
  • Views That Inspire: Work with a backdrop of sweeping panoramic views of Manhattan. It doesn’t matter whether you’re brainstorming your next big idea or taking a moment to breathe. These views remind you of the world of opportunities outside your window.
  • Meeting Spaces That Impress: At 551 Fifth, the brand-new conference amenities impress, inspire, and make meetings more enjoyable. Here, ideas flow, and collaborations flourish.

Location, Location, and Did We Mention Location?

551 Fifth Avenue office space is at the crossroads of everything. You’re a stone’s throw from Grand Central Station, your gateway to New York and beyond, making your commute—or your escape—an absolute breeze. Whether you’re team Metro North or more of an Amtrak aficionado, all tracks lead to your doorstep. And with a lineup of subway lines (the 4, 5, 6, and 7 trains) ready to whisk you away, you’re connected to every corner of the city. Bryant Park’s proximity is the cherry on top.

Join a Community of Leaders

At 551 Fifth Avenue, you’ll be in good company among a vibrant community of leaders, innovators, and pioneers across various fields. From law and finance to education and the arts there’s an impressive roster. Tenants like Denihan, the Audio Engineering Society, Zamir Equities, Adecco, Marous Law Group, Fryer & Ross, Hyde Park Advisors, and Pace University make a statement. Moreover, with on-site retail favorites like Tommy Bahama and Morton’s Steakhouse, you’re never far from premium shopping and dining.

Available Space

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Building Location & Nearby Public Transportation

Nearby Transportation


42nd Street–Grand Central - 8 minutes Walk
47th–50th Streets–Rockefeller Center - 6 minutes Walk
5th Avenue (7N) - 5 minutes Walk
Grand Central - 6 minutes Walk
42nd Street–Bryant Park - 8 minutes Walk


East 50th Street/Madison Avenue - 6 minutes Walk
East 50th Street/5th Avenue - 6 minutes Walk
West 50th Street/Avenue of the Americas - 8 minutes Walk
West 49th Street/Avenue of the Americas - 8 minutes Walk
East 49th Street/5th Avenue - 5 minutes Walk
East 49th Street/Madison Avenue - 5 minutes Walk
East 49th Street/Lexington Avenue - 8 minutes Walk
Madison Avenue & East 48th Street - 4 minutes Walk
East 42nd Street & Park Avenue - 7 minutes Walk
5th Avenue & West 44th Street - 3 minutes Walk
5th Avenue & West 42nd Street - 6 minutes Walk
Madison Avenue & East 40th 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.