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