Helmsley Building, New York City

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Landmark
The Helmsley Building is a 35-story building at 230 Park Avenue between East 45th and 46th streets in Midtown Manhattan, just north of Grand Central Terminal in New York City. It was built in 1929 as the New York Central Building and was designed by Warren & Wetmore in the Beaux-Arts style. It was the tallest structure in the "Terminal City" complex around Grand Central prior to the completion of what is now the MetLife Building.

The Helmsley Building carries vehicular traffic through its base: traffic exits and enters the Park Avenue Viaduct through two portals passing under the building. The lobby of the building is between the vehicular portals. Flanking the viaduct's ramps are passageways connecting 45th and 46th streets, with entrances to Grand Central Terminal.

Before the construction of Grand Central Terminal, the area to the north of the predecessor Grand Central Depot was occupied by an open-air rail yard; the tracks and depot were operated by the New York Central Railroad. After the terminal was completed in 1913, the tracks were buried under a series of buildings that were constructed over the tracks as part of the Terminal City development. The New York Central Building was erected for the railroad between 1927 and 1929 as the last major structure to be built within Terminal City. It was renamed the New York General Building in 1958 and the Helmsley Building in 1978, though ownership was changed several times afterward. The building and its lobby were designated as New York City Landmark spaces in 1987.
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  • Super long standing iconic building near Grand Central Station. Great architecture and good to see and grab a photo .  more »
  • Just happened to be crossing Park Avenue and there it was. The avenue runs underneath the building. While that raises security concerns, it's rather unique.  more »
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  • This is one of my favourite New York City landmarks, and looks stunning at night illuminated by coloured lights. Its built in the Beaux-Arts-Style, by architects Warren and Wetmore who were also the architects for the Great Central Terminal - something i didn't know! The biilding is 535 feet tall and 34 stories high. Its unique feature is the two tunnels for traffic that run under the building, one uptown, the other downtown. Its a real shame you can't go inside the building, as its a private office block. A great piece of architecture.
  • Iconic tourist destination, but a bit underwhelming given the attention it receives. Notably, this is not the same as Grand Central, which is slightly further South (basically adjacent) - this seems to be a common source of confusion for tourists. Recommended tourist circuit (in forward or reverse order): 1. New York Public Library - Rose Main Reading Room 2. Rockefeller Center 3. St. Patrick's Cathedral 4. (Optional) Lotte New York Palace 5. Waldorf Astoria (exterior) 6. Helmsley Building (exterior) 7a. Grand Central 7b. Shuttle to Times Square

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