Little-known Turkish company accidentally owns 30 Rock, Grand Central

Ownership is due to a 2008 clerical error

TRD New York /
Apr.April 04, 2018 04:00 PM

30 Rockefeller Center and Grand Central (Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Thanks to a clerical error from 10 years ago, a Turkish candy company is technically the owner of some of New York’s most famous buildings, including Grand Central Terminal and 30 Rock.

The accidental ownership stems from Campbell Soup’s 2008 sale of its Godiva chocolate company to Istanbul-based Yildiz Holdings, according to the New York Post. When Yildiz filed tax documents for the Godiva stores, rather than specifying the exact location of the stores within buildings like Grand Central and 30 Rock, they just wrote down the names of the entire buildings.

The Department of Finance uses these tax documents to establish ownership transfers, meaning Yildiz technically became the owner of the famed city buildings.

A spokesperson for the department told the Post that the name was incorrect in billing records but correct in official ownership records, and the proper owner will get the bills moving forward. [NYP]Eddie Small


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