Sports Illustrated Building

135 West 50th Street has been defined over its four and a half decades of existence by the collection of boldface corporate names that have taken up residency there –– a roster that includes UBS PaineWebber and American Management Associates, as well as the publishing institution that has lent it its current name, the Sports Illustrated Building.

One of a number of high-rise constructions in the greater Rockefeller Plaza area by the architecture firm of Emery Roth & Sons, the Sports Illustrated Building got a modernizing update in 2001. The upgrade at 135 West 50th Street bumped the Sports Illustrated Building to class-A status across all of its 800,733 square feet of office space. The overhaul also revamped the Sports Illustrated Building’s elevators and lobby, which now has striking terrazzo floors, and notably upgraded the building management systems.

The Sports Illustrated Building’s new glass canopies on 50th and 51st Streets have already joined the distinctively tiered upper stories as the building’s most instantly identifiable design aspects. The Sports Illustrated Building also offers such luxurious amenities as a concierge and 300-car parking garage; all those boldface names, after all, demand nothing less.

135 W 50th St, New York, New York  
Rockefeller Center 
LEED–EB 2.0, Silver 
UBS Realty Investors LLC 
Emery Roth & Sons 
Year Built
Square Footage
800,000 square feet 
Notable tenants include Marvel Entertainment 


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