3 Park Avenue

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3 Park Avenue
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From the northeast
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial and educational
Location 3 Park Avenue
Opening 1975
Owner Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation
Technical details
Floor count 41
Lifts/elevators 10
Design and construction
Architect Shreve, Lamb and Harmon
Structural engineer Rosenwasser/Grossman Consulting Engineers, P.C.

3 Park Avenue, also known as the Norman Thomas High School And Office Building, is an American office building located on Park Avenue in Manhattan, New York that was built in 1975. The building, surrounded on three sides by a plaza, is categorized as a Midtown South address—in the Murray Hill neighborhood and Rose Hill zone—and is located between East 33rd and East 34th Streets, near the Grand Central Terminal.


Prior to the construction of 3 Park Avenue, the armory of the 71st Regiment, New York National Guard was originally located at the address. The first armory of the 71st Regiment burnt down in 1902 and a replacement was completed in 1905 on a slightly larger section of land. The architectural firm of Clinton and Russell designed the second armory and in 1935 it was described as "Manhattan’s ugly old brownstone" by Time magazine, which was a reflection of a wider perception of the structure. The armory was eventually demolished during the 1960s and a decade passed before the site was redeveloped.[1]

The building was designed by the Shreve, Lamb and Harmon architectural firm, designers of the Empire State Building.[2] Rosenwasser/Grossman Consulting Engineers, P.C. is listed as the strudtural engineering firm for the building in 2014.[3] In the year 2000, the owner of the building was Three Park Avenue Building Company LP,[4] but the property formed part of the Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation's portfolio in June 2014.[5]

Software company, Cintra Software & Service Inc., signed a 10-year, 8,424-square-foot (782.61 square meters) lease on the 32nd floor of the building in October 2013. Upon the announcement of the lease, the asking rents were US$55 per square foot; however, a memo in The New York Times stated that the deal was cut at US$60 per square foot.[6]


In 2000 the 41-story building consisted of a combination of commercial tenants and the Norman Thomas High School. In 2014 the Emporis website documented 10 elevators within the building, a virtual address of "101-111 East 33rd Street" and an architectural height of 169.47 metres (556.0 ft).[3][4]

The building is notable for the bright orange bricks used for its construction and the same bricks are used for the small plaza at the building's main entrance. A sculpture titled "Obelisk to Peace", created by Irving Marantz in 1972, is situated at the main entrance and is a height of 23 feet (7.0 m), made from bronze and is set on a polished granite base. (The sculpture was Marantz's last outdoor work before his death.)[4]

The entrance to the high school is on the East 33rd Street side of the building, where arcade and plaza space exists; although a bench is situated at the entrance, New York State Penal Law prohibits trespassing. In 2000, the space on the 34th Street side was almost identical to the 33rd Street arcade and plaza, but lacked a bench and sign.[4]

References in popular culture[edit]

The building is featured in the 2005 HBO documentary, Left of the Dial, a film about the Air America radio station.[7]


As of June 19, 2014, the list of residents in the building includes:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Andrew Cusack (27 January 2007). "A Sienese Gem Lost". Andrew Cusack. Andrew Cusack. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Olivia Klose. "500 FIFTH AVENUE BUILDING, 500 Fifth Avenue (aka 500-506 Fifth Avenue, 1-9 West 42nd Street), Manhattan Built 1929-31; Architects Shreve, Lamb & Harmon" (PDF). The Official Website of the City of New York NYC. Landmarks Preservation Commission. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "3 Park Avenue". Emporis. Emporis GMBH. 2000–2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Jerold S. Kayden (6 November 2000). Privately Owned Public Space: The New York City Experience. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 124–. ISBN 978-0-471-36257-9. 
  5. ^ "Portfolio - Three Park Avenue". Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation. Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Al Barbarino (15 October 2013). "Software Company Inks 10-Year Deal at 3 Park Avenue". Commercial Observer. Commercial Observer. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Matthew Gilbert (31 March 2005). "'Left of the Dial' documentary takes the wrong direction". The Boston Globe (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Dalton Management Co Llc". CitySearch. CityGrid Media. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "ComSoc Staff". IEEE Communications Society. IEEE Communications Society. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Contact Us". adMarketplace. adMarketplace. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Careers". Major League Gaming. Major League Gaming, Inc. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  12. ^ Kim Bhasin (2 March 2012). "See What Happens When Major League Gaming Flies In The World's Best Starcraft Players To Battle It Out In NYC". Business Insider. Business Insider Inc. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Contact Us". JCDecaux North America. JCDecaux North America. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "NYC Lobbyist Search". The NYC Transparency Project. The City of New York. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "New York". TransPerfect. TransPerfect Translations International, Inc. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 

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Coordinates: 40°44′47″N 73°58′52″W / 40.74639°N 73.98111°W / 40.74639; -73.98111