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NYguy Dec 14, 2020 9:15 PM

NEW YORK | One Vanderbilt | 1,401 FT | 58 FLOORS
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Designed by KPF, One Vanderbilt is technically the first of the new office towers in the rezoned Midtown East office district of Manhattan. It is also the first new large office tower to open in the city in the age of 2020 pandemic, offering a sign of rebirth in both the district, and the city as a whole.


One Vanderbilt

The tallest office tower in Midtown, One Vanderbilt connects directly to the city’s transportation network, blending private enterprise and the public realm.

Along with the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, One Vanderbilt is one of three landmarks that define Manhattan’s skyline. The project transforms the civic experience of the Grand Central District, introducing cutting-edge office space and new accessible pathways to one of the city’s largest transportation hubs.

The base of the building joins the spatial sequence of Grand Central and forms a doorstep to the city, greeting thousands of commuters daily. An integrated complex of below-grade conditions offers connections to the terminal and an active, 14,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza on Vanderbilt Avenue. By 2022, the tower will fully support the new plan for East Side Access, which extends Long Island Railroad (LIRR) service to Grand Central.

Formally, the building’s massing comprises four interlocking and tapering volumes that spiral toward the sky, an elegant shape in sympathetic proportion to the nearby Chrysler Building. At the base, a series of angled cuts organizes a visual procession to Grand Central, revealing the Vanderbilt corner of the terminal’s magnificent cornice: a view that has been obstructed for nearly a century.

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NYguy Dec 15, 2020 5:22 PM

Long-Shuttered Tunnel to Grand Central Re-Opened

by Nicole Saraniero


We love to discover secret tunnels and hidden passageways here at Untapped New York, so we were excited to hear of the re-opening of a long-shuttered tunnel connecting Grand Central Terminal to the Socony-Mobil Building at 150 E. 42nd Street. The re-opening and renovation of this subterranean pedestrian pathway is part of a $220 million transit improvement project completed in conjunction with the construction of the new skyscraper, One Vanderbilt. Designed by Stantec and funded by SL Green, all components of the massive transit project are now finished and open to the public.

The newly re-opened tunnel was constructed at the same time as the Socony-Mobil Building from which it originates. Now a New York City Landmark, 150 E. 42nd Street was built between 1954 and 1956. The tunnel was completed in 1955.

A New York Times article from the time describes the tunnel’s 215-foot route. Starting “twenty feet inside the new skyscraper,” the tunnel “bends northwest from the southeast corner of Lexington and 42nd Street to a point a little south of center in Forty Second.” It then continued west for 120 feet where it met the Chanin Building passageway then bent toward the Commodore Hotel, now the Grand Hyatt.

The tunnel was built to allow workers from the Socony-Mobil Building to avoid crossing the busy thoroughfares of Lexington Avenue and 42nd Street at street level.

Construction of this passageway was no easy feat. As described in the New York Times, work was complicated by the busy streets above and the mess of utilities underground. A water main that stretched directly across the tunnel’s path had to be looped over the passageway’s roof. Workers also had to carefully avoid telephone wires, mail tubes, gas mains, and power cables.

Tunnels have snaked through the streets surrounding Grand Central Terminal since the early 20th century when Terminal City was being constructed. Terminal City was a network of hotels and office buildings centered around the transit hub. Many of the buildings, such as the Roosevelt Hotel, the Biltmore Hotel, and more, had their own underground passageways that led directly into the terminal.

The reopening of this historic passageway comes with the addition of two street-level subway entrances and a new entrance to the 42nd Street subway station on the southeast corner of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Stantec told Untapped New York that the re-opening has created 3,815-square-feet of added circulation space for commuters underground. This new space is greatly appreciated during a time when social distancing is of the utmost importance. The new space will help ease congestion when peak transit crowds return.

Additional improvements to the transit hub include enhanced finishes, additional turnstiles and gates, new stairways, escalators, and an ADA-accessible elevator.

Other noteworthy pieces of One Vanderbilt’s transit-oriented project are a 14,000 square foot pedestrian plaza on Vanderbilt Avenue between Grand Central and One Vanderbilt and a 4,000 square foot public transit hall inside the tower, now the second tallest office tower in New York City. Work will continue on increasing transit accessibility in the area into 2022 when the East Side Access project is expected to be complete. That project will extend the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) from Queens to Grand Central.

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NYguy Dec 17, 2020 2:51 PM

Vanderbilt wishes you a merry Christmas...

plinko Dec 17, 2020 6:35 PM

I like the facade treatment and a number of things about this tower, but I still find the top juxtaposition to be jarring and ill-proportioned. I reserve final judgement till I see it in person though.

jayden Dec 19, 2020 5:43 PM

Love it.

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NYguy Dec 23, 2020 3:41 AM

Brief look inside the transit hall...

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QUEENSNYMAN Dec 29, 2020 12:35 AM

In my latest video One Vanderbuilt is shown from here in Rockaway, BY NYCSKYSCRAPERS2020:

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QUEENSNYMAN Jan 2, 2021 9:55 PM

In my latest video One Vandy is seen from Brooklyn, by NYCSKYSCRAPERS2020 :

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