Some of Manhattan’s Most Famous Commercial Office Buildings
Park Avenue boasts some of Manhattan’s most famous office buildings. Lever House, at 53rd Street, was built in 1952 by the Lever Brothers soap company. The Seagram Building, at 52nd Street, was designed by the renowned architect Mies van der Rohe and built in 1958. These two office buildings are considered among the greatest masterpieces of Modernist architecture. Inside the Seagram Building is the legendary Four Seasons Restaurant. After five decades it is still the top “power lunch” spot in Manhattan.
At the foot of this stretch of Park Avenue stands 200 Park Avenue, also known as the MetLife Building. When it opened in 1963, it was the Pan Am Building. With about 2.8 million square feet of floor area, it was the largest office building in the world. It is still one of the most coveted corporate addresses in New York.
Park Avenue Equals Prestige
The very name of Park Avenue conjures prestige as does the name of no other thoroughfare in America.
Once, Park Avenue in Midtown was covered in railroad yards. Then, in the early 20th century, the new Grand Central Terminal was built, and the yards were decked over. It was now possible for Park Avenue to be redeveloped with commercial office space, apartment houses, and hotels.
After World War II, new office rentals replaced older ones, as well as the apartments and some of the hotels. Today, Park Avenue, from 46th to 59th streets, projects an image of corporate power as does no other street in America.
Why the Largest Corporations Choose Park Avenue
Some of the biggest companies in New York call Park Avenue home, including JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and Colgate-Palmolive. Park Avenue is given character by its many public plazas, which fill up with office workers on their lunch breaks, and by such architectural gems as St. Bartholomew’s Church at 51st Street, and the Helmsley Building at 46th Street, one of the classic skyscrapers of the 1920s. The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, at 49th Street, was when it opened in 1930 New York’s largest hotel, and it may still be the most famous, with the grandest lobbies. The Waldorf can host just about any kind and size of business function. The luxurious Four Seasons Hotel is just around the corner on elegant 57th Street, a thoroughfare known for blue-chip art galleries and fine shopping. Transportation is excellent. The East Side IRT subway has express and local stops along Lexington Avenue, one block to the east. In addition, this whole stretch of Park Avenue sits atop the tracks and platforms of Grand Central Terminal, which has entry and exit points along the avenue.
Call Alan Rosinsky, principal broker of Metro Manhattan Office Space, Inc. at (212) 447-5402 for further information regarding Park Avenue office space for lease.