1271 Avenue of the Americas - At Dusk

1271 Avenue of the Americas

The 48-story 1271 Avenue of the Americas, developed by The Rockefeller Group and designed by Harrison Abramovitz & Harris, holds a special place in Rockefeller Center history. When the building opened in 1959, it marked Rockefeller Center’s expansion to the west side of Avenue of the Americas.

The building has long been an around-the-clock nerve center for international media, serving as home to Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, People, Money, and other major magazines.

More recently, SportsNet NY has come to the building, televising sports programming from the street-level studio it opened in spring 2006.  In 2013 approximately 190,000 square feet of subleases at the building brought new tenants from the media, entertainment, financial services and not-for-profit sectors, including Sandow Media.

The building features a broad plaza and fountain pool and numerous amenities. Ted’s Montana Grill, created by CNN founder Ted Turner and restaurateur George McKerrow, Jr., opened in fall 2006 at 110 W. 51 Street. Additional retail tenants include Le Pain Quotidien and Fidelity.  The underground Concourse provides weatherproof access to more than one hundred shops and services throughout Rockefeller Center, including seven subway lines.

The building has been maintained meticulously since its opening, and its operating systems have been upgraded at regular intervals as technology advances and equipment lifecycles warrant.

At the turn of the millennium, building engineers constructed a one-of-a-kind heating and cooling plant that allows them to switch deftly among natural gas, steam, and electricity to optimize operations and apply the most favorable fuel prices. Shortly afterward, The Rockefeller Group renovated and upgraded the lobby and public plaza areas to advance the building’s standing among America’s finest corporate headquarters.

Spaces Available

12,854 Sq. Ft. — 46th Floor Partial, Units C&G, Avaliable immediately.

Building Specifications

Building Areas:

Building: 1.97 million square feet
Number of Floors: 47 above grade plus penthouse
3 below grade

Average Floor Sizes:

Wraparound: 71,356 square feet
Tower: 36,000 square feet


Induction System—perimeter zones
Variable Air Volume—interior zones

Vertical Transportation:

32 Original Westinghouse Elevators with Schindler VM Controls
3 Freight Elevators
4 Westinghouse Escalators
1 Shuttle Elevator from Lobby to Sub-Basement
1 Shuttle Elevator from 46 to 48
2 Hydraulic Truck Lifts


Steel and concrete

Floor Loading:

Minimum 50 lbs. per square foot

Floor-to-Floor Height:

11 feet 10 inches — Average Floor Height
20 feet — Lobby

For leasing inquiries call Rockefeller Group Development Corp. at 212-282-2018.