One Astor Plaza

One Astor Plaza is a skyscraper located in the Times Square area of Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The building is 54 stories tall and stands at a height of 745 ft (227 m). It was designed by Der Scutt of Ely J. Kahn & Jacobs. It is located at 1515 Broadway between West 44th and 45th Streets and is currently the headquarters for ViacomCBS and houses the MTV Studios, Revlon, Fashion One, Minskoff Theatre, PlayStation Theater, and some retail outlets. The Hotel Astor had occupied the site from 1904 to 1967. Construction of the building began in 1968 and was completed in 1972. The building was the headquarters of the W. T. Grant retail chain, which leased almost 400,000 square feet (37,000 m2) of space on the building's top 14 floors, but only occupied it for four years until their 1976 liquidation.[2]

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One Astor Plaza
One Astor Plaza is located in Manhattan
One Astor Plaza
Location within Manhattan
One Astor Plaza is located in New York City
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One Astor Plaza (New York City)
One Astor Plaza is located in New York
One Astor Plaza
One Astor Plaza (New York)
One Astor Plaza is located in the United States
One Astor Plaza
One Astor Plaza (the United States)
General information
Location1515 Broadway, Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, New York 10036, United States
Coordinates40°45′28″N 73°59′11″W / 40.75778°N 73.98639°W / 40.75778; -73.98639Coordinates: 40°45′28″N 73°59′11″W / 40.75778°N 73.98639°W / 40.75778; -73.98639
Construction started1968
Openingcirca 1972
OwnerSL Green Realty (53%) Allianz (47%)[1]
Roof227 m (745 ft)
Technical details
Floor count54
Floor area179,487 m2 (1,931,980 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectDer Scutt of Ely J. Kahn & Jacobs
DeveloperSam Minskoff & Sons, Inc.
The set of Total Request Live in the Uptown Studio
Revlon, Midtown and Downtown Studios & Aeropostale, Billabong, Element and Oakley store

It is owned and managed by SL Green Realty Corporation. The building engineers are Shmerykowsky Consulting Engineers.


Third Floor: Minskoff TheatreEdit

The Minskoff is a Broadway theatre named after its developers, a prominent local real estate family. Accessible from the middle arcade in the center of the building, it opened in 1973 with 1,621 seats.

Second Floor: MTV Studios, Revlon and Fashion OneEdit

Astor Plaza houses MTV Studios, owned by ViacomCBS, the building's primary tenant, along with Revlon and Fashion One. The studios are located on the mezzanine second story of the building. MTV acquired it in 1997. It was initially split into three major studios all located by the floor-to-ceiling windows and window shades. The three studios were named after the three sections of Manhattan: the Uptown Studio, the Midtown Studio, and the Downtown Studio. They are named so because they are proportional to the real sections of Manhattan.[clarification needed] The Uptown Studio was home to MTV's former flagship program, Total Request Live, during the show's run from 1998 to 2008 along with MTV and VH1 and was later an Aéropostale store. The Midtown Studio is used by various MTV programming, MTV News, and was used by VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live, and on rare occasion Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. The smallest studio, the Downtown Studio, is occasionally used for other countdown shows, and productions from some of the smaller Viacom networks. It is occasionally used as a temporary green room if the actual green room is occupied. The MTV Studios also include dressing rooms, control rooms, a cafeteria, and some offices.

MTV also uses the seventh floor roof and many upstairs floors in the building. The second floor includes New York City-based cosmetics, skin care, fragrance, and personal care based in New York City including Revlon which 24-hour New York City-based fashion television network showcases fashion, lifestyle, and entertainment programme based in New York City including Fashion One.

Street-level retailEdit

The first floor includes various retailers, and has included Oakley, Billabong, Element Skateboards, Aéropostale store, and a Junior's restaurant. It houses Oakley, Ray-Ban, Skechers, Tissot Watches, Kiko Milano, Line Friends and a Junior's restaurant.

Lower Level: PlayStation TheaterEdit

The Loews Astor Plaza movie theater originally occupied the building's public space below street level, accessible from West 44th St. It opened on June 26, 1974, and was the city's largest capacity cinema at 1,440 seats. The theater's single screen often drew large crowds on opening nights until it closed in 2004.

After a nine-month, $21 million renovation, the space reopened as a music venue under the ownership of Anschutz Entertainment Group, most recently known as PlayStation Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre Times Square and Best Buy Theater).[3][4] The PlayStation Theater closed on December 31, 2019.[5]

2010 car bombing attemptEdit

On the evening of May 1, 2010, a failed car bomb was defused by the New York City Police Department on West 45th Street and Broadway near the northeastern corner of the building.[6] The authorities briefly investigated a possible connection between the bomb and the 200th episode of Comedy Central's South Park, which had included depictions of a man in a bear suit (labeled 'Bears') that the South Park kids pointed at, calling him Muhammad.[7] The attempt was traced to Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old Pakistan-born resident of Bridgeport, Connecticut, who had become a U.S. citizen in April 2009.[8]

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ "Allianz deal values 1515 Broadway at $1.95B". November 14, 2017.
  2. ^ Staff. "News of the Realty Trade; Astor Plaza Lease Signed", The New York Times, December 13, 1970. Accessed April 15, 2016.
  3. ^ Sisario, Ben (August 18, 2010). "Best Buy Takes Its Brand to a Times Square Theater". The New York Times. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  4. ^ "Best Buy Theater Is Now the PlayStation Theater". Billboard. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  5. ^ Aswad, Jem (August 20, 2019). "New York's PlayStation Theater to Close (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "Suspicious car leads to closure of Times Square". CNN. May 2, 2010. Archived from the original on May 2, 2010. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
  7. ^ "Police Won't Rule Out 'South Park' Link in Times Square Bomb Attempt". Fox News. May 3, 2010.
  8. ^ William K. Rashbaum; Mark Mazzetti & Peter Baker (May 4, 2010). "Arrests in Pakistan Widen Bombing Case". New York Times. Archived from the original on May 7, 2010. Retrieved May 14, 2010.

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