One Court Square
One Court Square, also known as the Citigroup Building, is a 50-story 673 feet (205 m) office tower in Long Island City, Queens across the East River from Manhattan in New York City. It was completed in 1990 by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP for Citigroup. The building has stood as Queen's tallest since its completion but is set to be overtaken by both Queens Plaza Park and Skyline Tower in 2021. In 2012, Brooklyn real estate investors Joel Schreiber and David Werner purchased One Court Square for $481 million from Stephen L. Green's SL Green and JPMorgan Asset Management.
|One Court Square|
|Roof||673 ft (205 m)|
|Floor area||1,401,630 sq ft (130,216 m2)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill|
Since opening in 1990, the tower had been the tallest building in New York state outside of Manhattan, and the tallest building on Long Island for 29 years. In 2019 however, the building was surpassed by the Brooklyn Point Tower in height to be demoted to the second tallest building on Long Island, but still remaining the tallest building in Queens. Later in 2021, it will be surpassed in Queens by both the Skyline Tower and Queens Plaza Park, rising to 778 ft and 755 ft, respectively.
It is distinguished from the Citigroup Center in Manhattan, which is across the street from Citigroup's former main headquarters at 399 Park Avenue. The buildings are one stop apart on the New York City Subway's IND Queens Boulevard Line (E and M trains); Citigroup Center is near Lexington Avenue–53rd Street, while One Court Square is right above Court Square–23rd Street, the next station east.
WNYZ-LP (also known as Pulse 87) broadcasts from the top of this building as do various low power television stations. Additionally, the building houses the headquarters of cable company Altice USA on its top floors.
In popular cultureEdit
The building is parodied in the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV and its expansion packs from Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City are The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony as the LC24 Tower.
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