Brewster Building

Long Island City's Brewster Building remains true to its historic pre–war aviation roots – albeit now with a LEED Silver rating – as it serves as the corporate headquarters for New York City's hometown airline: JetBlue.

Brewster Building - LEED-EB: OM Silver in Long Island City

Originally built in 1911 and designed by architects Stephensen & Wheeler, Long Island City’s Brewster Building has had a strong connection to the aviation industry throughout its history: it was where the Brewster Aeronautical Company manufactured the Brewster F2A (known as “The Brewster Buffalo”), which was the first monoplane fighter airplane used by the U.S. Navy during World War II.

But after a major expansion and renovation project that was completed in 2003, MetLife signed a lease at the Brewster Building to house its operational headquarters for over 1500 employees. In 2010, the 12-story, 400,000-square-foot tower returned to its roots as JetBlue signed a sublease with MetLife for its corporate headquarters: 1000 employees now call the Brewster Building home across 200,000 square feet.

The Brewster Building earned a LEED Silver rating in late 2008 under the Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating system, copping 44 of a possible 92 points under EB: OM (SS: 5/12, WE: 4/10, EA: 17/30, MR: 2/14, IEQ: 11/19, and 5/7 for Innovations in Operations). But one of the Brewster Building’s most attractive features is its easy accessibility into Manhattan: located at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge and served by eight subway lines, in one stop tenants are in Manhattan.

The Brewster Building’s adjacent Long Island City neighborhood is also filled with museums, galleries and a diverse restaurant scene, as well as significant new construction of residential and commercial space.

27–01 Queens Plaza N, New York, New York  
Long Island City 
LEED–EB: OM, Silver 
Brause Realty 
Stephensen & Wheeler 
Year Built
Square Footage
400,000 square feet 
Notable tenants include JetBlue (corporate headquarters) and MetLife. 


  • Easy Manhattan access
  • Historic Long Island City property
  • JetBlue corporate headquarters