A fixture in the Village for over a century, 700 Broadway has a classical revival grandeur is instantly and unmistakably old New York. Yet 700 Broadway is, at the same time, very much a part of the green wave sweeping new New York. What makes 700 Broadway so unique is this — while buildings across the city retrofit and new constructions build in efficiency, 700 Broadway has already been there for nearly two decades. 700 Broadway’s rebirth and rise parallels that of its neighborhood. 700 Broadway was acclaimed as one of the Village’s architectural gems in the neighborhood’s heyday — originally known as the Schermerhorn Building, it was built by famed New York architect George Post in 1891 and was an instant institution on lower Broadway.
The Village’s fortunes dipped in the 1970s and ’80s, though, and — amazingly — 700 Broadway was abandoned when the Audubon Society purchased it as the preservationist group’s new headquarters in 1989. Three years later, 700 Broadway re-emerged as one of the loveliest buildings in the Village, and staked its claim as New York City’s original green building. While the Audubon Society has since moved on, their myriad improvements to 700 Broadway’s building management systems earned 700 Broadway the ultra-elite LEED Platinum rating for Commercial Interiors. Copious windows and skylights allow sunlight to fill seemingly every inch of 700 Broadway’s 97,555 square feet of class-B office space.
There’s beauty behind the scenes, too, thanks to 700 Broadway’s super-efficient infrastructure. 700 Broadway has recycling chutes on each floor, which captures 80 percent of the building’s office refuse. 700 Broadway compliments its wealth of natural light with lighting system that uses occupancy sensors and a state of the art “daylighting” system to ensure that 700 Broadway’s interiors are both bright and efficient. High-efficiency air filters on each floor guarantee clean, well-circulated air throughout 700 Broadway, while the building’s advanced, low-emission heater/chiller runs on clean natural gas and is modulated by a unique “Economizer” cycle according to the season. A 108-year-old that looks better than ever, 700 Broadway has earned pride of place on any list of New York’s greenest — and loveliest — commercial spaces.
- 700 Broadway, New York, New York
- Greenwich Village
- Lincoln Property Company
- George Post
- Year Built
- 1891, renovated in 1992
- Square Footage
- 98,000 square feet; 12,500–square–foot floor plates
- Outdoor roof terrace; former headquarters of National Audubon Society
- High-Efficiency Air Filters
- Natural Daylighting
- Occupancy Sensor Lighting System
- Recycing Chutes