399 Park Avenue
|399 Park Avenue|
399 and Citigroup Center from the west. Citigroup Center in foreground on the right.
|Top floor||160 m / 524 ft|
|Floor area||1,700,000 square feet (160,000 m2)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Carson Lundin, Kahn and Jacobs|
|Developer||First National Bank|
Citigroup's chairman and chief executive officer operate from the building's second floor. The company moved to the building from 55 Wall Street; a move that marked a migration of several large banks from downtown to midtown Manhattan.
The building lot was assembled by Vincent Astor who initially planned to build a 46-story Astor Plaza on the site. Astor had problems completing the assembly of the lots of mostly residential buildings as a pharmacy held out.
In 1974, the company opened the Citigroup Center annex across Lexington to the east.
In 1987, Citigroup sold one third interest in the building along with two-thirds interest in Citigroup Center to Dai-Ichi Mutual Life Insurance Company for $670 million. At the time, Citigroup said it was moving many of its offices to a new tower in Long Island City in Queens. Citigroup moved out of the top two thirds of the building but kept the lower floors.
Citigroup later bought back its interest in the building.
In 2002, Boston Properties bought the building for $1.06 billion, or $630 square foot, which was the highest price ever paid for an office building at the time. Boston also bought Citigroup Center. Citigroup now leases its headquarters from Boston Properties.
Citigroup's current lease on the building is set to expire in 2017. In December 2013, Citigroup announced it will relocate its global headquarters to 388 and 390 Greenwich Street in Tribeca, a complex it currently occupies and had owned until 2007, when it sold the building to SL Green Realty.
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