New York Times Building – Tourist Attractions in New York City
Times Building in NYC, New York, USA
New York Times Building
New York Times Building
The New York Times Building is a recently completed skyscraper on the west side of Midtown Manhattan, New York. Its chief tenant is The New York Times Company, publisher of the The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune, as well as other regional papers, and radio and television stations. The construction came to a completion during the second quarter of 2007, and The New York Times began moving into the building in early June.
The project was announced on December 13, 2001, and entails the erection of a 52-story tower on the east side of Eighth Avenue between 40th and 41st Street across from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Bus Terminal. The site selection represents the further westward expansion of Midtown along Eighth Avenue; a corridor that had seen no construction following the completion in 1989 of One Worldwide Plaza and the completion of the Hearst Tower in 2006.
In addition, the new location keeps the paper in the Times Square area, which was named after the paper following its move to 42nd Street in 1904. The Times Company has most recently been located at 229 West 43rd Street.
Construction is a joint venture of The Times Company, Forest City Ratner Companies – the Cleveland-based real estate firm constructing redeveloping the Brooklyn Atlantic rail yards, and ING Real Estate.
The tower, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and FXFOWLE Architects, with Gensler providing interior design, is known for its innovative feature where thousands of small ceramic tubes draped horizontally in front of the glass curtain wall, meant to “screen the double glazed, spectrally selective, low-emissivity, full-height glass wall around the building, thus reducing the building’s cooling loads.” The tower has numerous environmentally sustainable features. Principle among these is a work environment that maximizes natural light, maintaining a connection to the outside. Mechanized shades, working in concert with more than 20,000 dimmable fluorescent fixtures, maintain needed light levels while saving energy and preventing glare.
The tower will rise 748 feet (228 m) from the street to its roof, but the exterior curtain wall will extend 92 feet higher to 840 feet (256 m), and a mast will extend up to 1,046 feet (319 m). The building will have 1.54-million square feet (143,000 square meter) of gross space. The New York Times Company will occupy about 800,000 square feet (74,300 square meter) on the second through the 28th floors and Forest City Ratner and ING Real Estate will own about 600,000 square feet (55,700 square meter) on floors 29 through 50 as well as 20,000 square feet (1,858 square meter) of street-level retail space.
On November 11, 2006, the building reached its pinnacle height of 1,046 ft. (319 m) when the remaining piece of the spire was assembled. The building is currently tied with the Chrysler Building as the second tallest building in New York and the 6th tallest in the United States.