70 Pine Street

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70 Pine Street
American International Building3.JPG
General information
Type residential
(converted from offices)
Location 70 Pine Street
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates 40°42′23″N 74°00′28″W / 40.70643°N 74.00766°W / 40.70643; -74.00766Coordinates: 40°42′23″N 74°00′28″W / 40.70643°N 74.00766°W / 40.70643; -74.00766
Construction started 1930
Completed 1932
Architectural 952 ft (290 m)[1]
Roof 850 ft (260 m)[2]
Technical details
Floor count 67[1]
Floor area 865,400 sq ft (80,400 m2)[3]
Lifts/elevators 24[1]
Design and construction
Developer Rose Associates.[4]
Structural engineer Taylor Fichter Steel Construction

70 Pine Street – formerly known as the American International Building, 60 Wall Tower and originally as the Cities Service Building – is a 67-story, 952-foot (290 m) office building[5] located at the corner of Pearl Street and running to Cedar Street in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City. It was built in 1931-32 by the Cities Service Company[6] for the oil and gas baron Henry Latham Doherty,[7] and was designed by the firms of Clinton & Russell and Holton & George in the Art Deco style.[8]

The building was designated a New York City Landmark and Interior Landmark in June 2011.[9]


A miniature model of the building is incorporated above the entrance

The Cities Service Building was constructed during the New York skyscraper race, which accounts for its gothic-like spire-topped appearance,[10] a popular architectural style at that time. When completed it was the third tallest building in the world, after the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.[10] It was the last skyscraper to be built in Lower Manhattan prior to World War II, and was the tallest building in Lower Manhattan until the 1970s when the World Trade Center was completed. Upon the 9/11 Attacks, it regained for some years the status of the tallest downtown building. As of 2015, it is the eighth tallest in New York City, the 20th tallest in the United States, and the 103rd tallest building in the world.[1]

One of the most noted themes of the limestone-clad tower is a mountain with a snow cap. The building features an open air platform with an enclosed glass observatory above it on the 66th Floor,[7] offering a higher view of downtown than from any building. This observatory is no longer accessible to the public. The tower was originally and famously built with double-decker elevators[6] that served two floors at a time to provide sufficient vertical service for the narrow tower and its limited elevator shafts. Soon afterwards, these elevators were removed because of their low popularity;[6] however, the Citigroup Center adopted this same idea in the 1970s.

Cities Service sold the building to the American International Group (AIG) in 1976 [11] when it moved its company headquarters to Tulsa, Oklahoma. It served as AIG's world headquarters until its financial struggles in 2008, and the building was sold to developer Youngwoo & Associates in 2009.[12] The building was later purchased by MetroLoft, which sold it to Rose Associates.[13]

Today, 70 Pine Street is held by Luxembourg-based Eastbridge Group (through DTH Capital) and Rose Associates, a New York-based developer, owner and operator of premium residential properties.[4] Rose and DTH Capital are in the process of transforming 70 Pine into luxury rental apartments. Residential leasing started in the winter of 2015. Upon completion, 70 Pine will consist of 612 residential units and 132 extended-stay apartments. In 2016 La Palestra opened at 70 Pine a 23,000 square feet high-end fitness centers focused on health and wellness, La Palestra currently offers memberships to building residents and will open to neighborhood residents in 2017.[14] Rose is currently marketing an additional 35,000 square feet of retail space that is accessible from Pine, Pearl and Cedar streets as well as the building’s lobby.[15]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d "70 Pine Street" on Skyscraper Center website. Accessed: April 13, 2015.
  2. ^ American International Building at SkyscraperPage.com
  3. ^ The American International Building, Art Deco Era, part 3, New York Scrapers, greatgridlock.net.
  4. ^ a b Cuozzo, Steve, "Rose Takes Over at 70 Pine St", New York Post (August 7, 2012)
  5. ^ Yankopolus,Jennifer Evans and Cramer, James A. (2005). Almanac of Architecture & Design 2006 (Almanac of Architecture and Design). Greenway Communication. p. 368. ISBN 0-9755654-2-7. 
  6. ^ a b c Gambee, Robert (1999). Wall Street: financial capital. New York: W.W. Norton. p. 172. ISBN 0-393-04767-9. 
  7. ^ a b Trager, James (2003). The New York chronology: the ultimate compendium of events, people, and anecdotes from the Dutch to the present. New York: HarperResource. p. 471. ISBN 0-06-052341-7. 
  8. ^ White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot with Leadon, Fran (2010). AIA Guide to New York City (5th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195383867. , p.36
  9. ^ For designation reports, see Matthew A. Postal, http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/downloads/pdf/reports/2441.pdf; http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/downloads/pdf/reports/2442.pdf
  10. ^ a b Wolfe, Gerard R. (2003). New York, 15 walking tours: an architectural guide to the metropolis. New York: McGraw-Hill. p. 56. ISBN 0-07-141185-2. 
  11. ^ Ewing, Michael, [1], New York Observer (March 23, 2012)
  12. ^ Rappeport, Alan and Guerrera, Francesco (May 3, 2012). "New landmark at 70 Pine St.". Financial Times. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  13. ^ Cuozzo, Steve (November 16, 2013). "Don't trust anything on Wikipedia". New York Post. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  14. ^ [url=http://nypost.com/2016/01/25/landmark-70-pine-st-begins-a-new-life-in-21st-century/]
  15. ^ Cuozzo, Steve. "New plans for downtown’s 70 Pine St. are sky-high" New York Post (October 29, 2013)

Further reading

  • Abramson, Daniel M. (2001), Skyscraper Rivals:The AIG Building and the Architecture of Wall Street, Princeton Architectural Press . (Excerpt).

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