Standard Motors Building

With a rooftop urban farm and a recent capital improvement program, the pre–war Standard Motors Building in Long Island City offers high–performing mixed–use opportunities – and high ceilings – just one subway stop from Midtown.

Standard Motor Products once housed both its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in the 300,000 square foot, six-story structure that most of its Queens neighbors know as The Standard Motors Building. This is worth mentioning mostly because, after a series of green retrofits as part of the Standard Motors Building’s upgrade, it’s likely hard to recognize the old place.

While Standard Motors is keeping its headquarters in the Standard Motors Building, the rest of the space is being brought up to date and brought to market as a mixed-use, commercial/retail space that will be in the top rank of sustainable construction in New York. City The facelift bumped the Standard Motors Building’s 300,000 square feet of office space up to class-A status, while also improving efficiency through the implementation of such energy-saving measures as newer, more efficient HVAC and building management systems and a host of now, low-e window panes. The building’s sweeping views of Manhattan through 19-foot by 9-foot windows also provide extensive natural daylight to the numerous media, entertainment, and architectural firms that already call the Standard Motors Building home.

The Standard Motors Building is also home to the Brooklyn Grange’s 40,000-square-foot urban rooftop farm, which sells over 100 organic vegetables to tenants in the building’s lobby. With the Standard Motors Building’s exterior getting a modernizing spruce-up, too, this Long Island City fixture will retain its pride of place in a rising neighborhood, while simultaneously giving that neighborhood an attractive, sustainable place to be proud of.

37–18 Northern Blvd, New York, New York  
Long Island City 
Acumen Capital Partners 
Year Built
1919, renovated in 2010 
Square Footage
300,000 square feet 
Tenants relocating from Manhattan or outside of New York City eligible for financial incentives; notable tenants include The Jim Henson Company, Columbia Pictures, and other media, entertainment, and creative firms. 


  • 1/2 block from G R and M trains
  • 19' x 9' windows with Manhattan views
  • Financial incentives for relocating tenants
  • Rooftop farm