825 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY
825 Eighth Avenue, better known as Worldwide Plaza, is one of New York City’s most iconic buildings with a dominant presence on the Manhattan skyline. Occupying the entire block bounded by Eighth Avenue, West 50th Street, Ninth Avenue and West 49th Street, this two-million-square-foot mixed-use complex offers a unique workspace. A 49-story state-of-the-art office tower, Worldwide Plaza stands alongside a curated outdoor plaza and is surrounded by dynamic retail, dining, entertainment and recreational facilities, with on-site parking, fitness center, and five-stage off-broadway theater. Worldwide Plaza received LEED Gold certification in 2012 and has been ENERGY STAR rated since 2010. Over the last 8 years, $525 million of capital improvements has been invested into the property by SL Green to solidify its place as one of Manhattan’s premier corporate headquarter locations. The building features robust infrastructure, 20,000-35,000-square-foot floor plates, 13-foot average slab heights, spectacular 360 views, and column-free tower floors.
Designed by David Childs, of the world-renowned architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrell, Worldwide Plaza is one of the most important Postmodern skyscrapers in the world and has been cited as “the first office building of any importance to be built west of Eighth Avenue since Raymond Hood’s McGraw Hill Building in 1931”. Comprised of a granite base, a brick shaft and a striking copper crown, the design references the classic setbacks, materials and coloration of the great Art Deco and Expressionist towers of 1920s and 1930s New York.
Inset vertical piers, the use of different colors of brick and capping the building’s crown with an illuminated glass pyramid (nicknamed “David’s Diamond” after the architect) make Worldwide Plaza distinct. Built in 1989, the building faces two residential towers across a public plaza with a fountain designed by Sidney Simon and a unique theater center currently occupied by five off-Broadway companies.
The building rises from a site that had been a parking lot since 1968; prior to that, it was the location of the third Madison Square Garden, then home of the New York Rangers, the New York Knicks, and where actress Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to JFK at the latter’s birthday party in 1962. When the building was demolished, the neighborhood rallied to establish height codes – which now ensure that Worldwide Plaza will preserve its stunning views of a classic West Side neighborhood famed for its varied restaurants, street life and proximity to the Theater District.
Iconic state-of-the-art office tower with dynamic multi-use complex institutional quality asset
28k SFoutdoor retail plaza
35k SF Health Club
475 space parking garage
24hr lobby concierge
Destination dispatch elevator system
13’ slab height
Tenant controlled HVAC
Direct access to C & E subway lines
Column free floor plates
Wired Certified Platinum
Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Nomura Holding America Inc
ICON Parking (retail)
Shubert/ NWS Theater (retail)
TMPL Health Club (retail)