1 Rockefeller Plaza

Enter 1 Rockefeller Plaza through the 49th Street entrance, and you'll pass beneath a bas relief by the architectural sculptor Lee Lawrie entitled "Progress." While "Progress" was completed in 1937, Rockefeller Center's evolution is still ongoing.

Rockefeller Center’s iconic 18-building cluster of Art Deco high rises has made some very contemporary improvements in recent years, without compromising any of its distinctive character — few addresses anywhere can boast both ravishing Art Deco looks inside and out and a peerlessly green physical plant that features 70kW of rooftop solar, an 18,000-square-foot green roof and advanced ice-storage air-conditioning system.

1 Rockefeller Plaza’s 24-hour concierge, after hours card access system, multi-bay loading docks and proximity to first class retail and dining are as contemporary as it comes — and walking-distance access to the subway, Grand Central Station and the Port Authority is an enduringly priceless perk — but there’s something about these buildings, an ineffable New York elegance and confidence, that makes a laundry list of amenities seem somehow less important. This is, after all, Rockefeller Center, and 1 Rockefeller Plaza is, after all, the former Time-Life Building (whose name has passed, along with the eponymous anchor tenant, across Sixth Avenue to 1271 Avenue of the Americas). Today, 1 Rockefeller Plaza is home to a broad range of corporate tenants, including DirecTV.

But by any name, this 48-story gem retains every bit as much timeless life as ever, and remains one of the city’s signature retail and office addresses. It just also happens to be one of the greenest.

1 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, New York  
Rockefeller Center 
Tishman Speyer 
Associated Architects 
Year Built
Square Footage
608,000 square feet 
Former Time–Life Building; also named briefly for former tenant General Dynamics; New York City landmark 


  • 70kW Photovoltaic System
  • Green Roof
  • Ice-Storage HVAC System