Helmsley Building, New York City

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The Helmsley Building is a 35-story building located at 230 Park Avenue between East 45th and East 46th Streets in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, which was built in 1929 as the New York Central Building, and was designed by Warren & Wetmore, the architects of Grand Central Terminal, in the Beaux-Arts style. Before the erection of the Pan Am Building - now the MetLife Building - this building stood out over the city's second most prestigious avenue as the tallest structure in the great "Terminal City" complex around Grand Central.
Traffic exits and enters the Park Avenue Viaduct through the building, through two portals, one for uptown traffic and one for downtown. They connect to Park Avenue proper at East 46th Street.
The building was designated a New York City Landmark in 1987.
New York Central BuildingBefore the electrification of the New York Central Railroad in 1912–1913, the neighborhood north of Grand Central Terminal was one of open-air railway yards and tracks used by steam locomotives. The electrification and subsequent covering of the yards enabled the continuation of Park Avenue to the north and the construction of new buildings (with curious foundations). Among them was the New York Central Building.
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  • 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 »
  • Another New York Landmark. Very nice building and very unique architecture and tunnels on the ground floor.  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.
  • Beautiful building. Great staff.
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