The Real Deal New York

One Vanderbilt will be a game-changer: architecture review

SL Green will bring the most radical upgrade to Grand Central area since the Chrysler Building

December 18, 2015 05:08PM
By James Gardner

Rendering of One Vanderbilt in East Midtown (credit: KPF)

Rendering of One Vanderbilt in East Midtown (credit: KPF)

From the December issue: One Vanderbilt, which will soon break ground on one of the key corners of East 42nd Street, is certain to alter the area in profound ways.

From river to river, 42nd Street is, of course, one of the iconic thoroughfares of Manhattan — a hive of constant and frantic life. But its character is hardly continuous along its two miles.

For more than a half century, the stretch from Fifth Avenue to about Second Avenue has been a fairly uninspiring stretch of office buildings. Many of these buildings, dating to the earlier part of the 20th century, are of impressive size but of no great architectural distinction. Then there are the Art Deco palaces of the 1920s and ’30s, like the Chrysler Building and the former Daily News Building, that also line the stretch, and post-war office towers such as the Socony-Mobil Building. [more]