Daily News Building

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Daily News Building
Daily News Building.jpg
Daily News Building is located in Manhattan
Daily News Building
Daily News Building
Daily News Building is located in New York
Daily News Building
Daily News Building
Daily News Building is located in the United States
Daily News Building
Daily News Building
Location220 East 42nd Street,
New York City
Coordinates40°44′59.8″N 73°58′24.3″W / 40.749944°N 73.973417°W / 40.749944; -73.973417Coordinates: 40°44′59.8″N 73°58′24.3″W / 40.749944°N 73.973417°W / 40.749944; -73.973417
ArchitectRaymond Hood and John Mead Howells
Architectural styleArt Deco, Modernist[1]
NRHP reference #82001191
Significant dates
Added to NRHPNovember 14, 1982[2]
Designated NHLJune 29, 1989[3]
Designated NYCLJuly 28, 1981[1]

The Daily News Building, also known as The News Building, is a 476-foot (145 m) skyscraper located at 220 East 42nd Street between Second and Third Avenues in the Turtle Bay neighborhood[4] of Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The building has 36 floors. It is owned by SL Green Realty Corp.


Built in 1929–1930, it was headquarters for the New York Daily News newspaper until 1995.[5] It was also the headquarters of United Press International until the news service moved to Washington, DC in 1982. Its design by architects Raymond Hood and John Mead Howells, in the Art Deco style, has been called "one of the city's major Art Deco presences" by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, as well as "the first fully modernistic free-standing skyscraper of architect Raymond Hood."[1] It was among the first skyscrapers to be built without an ornamental crown. A 1957–60 addition to the building which expanded the lobby on the southwest corner of Second Avenue was designed by Harrison & Abramovitz, echoing the vertical stripes of the original design, except with a wider stripe.[4][5] The building, including the newspaper's new printing presses, cost $10.7 million[6] (equivalent to $130,085,132 in 2018[7]).

At the exact moment of 1977 New York City blackout, the building's facade was at that very moment serving as the set for the upcoming release of Superman: The Movie, the first installment with Christopher Reeve. A crashed prop helicopter was in place dangling from the roof. The film crew had their own self-powered flatbed light trucks, and the facade was bathed in light, making it an eerie apparition in the midst of a blacked out city full of spooky dark skyscrapers.


The lobby of the building includes a black glass domed ceiling, under which was the world's largest indoor globe, conceived by the Daily News as a permanent educational science exhibit.[5][8]

Landmark designations[edit]

The Daily News Building was designated a New York City Landmark in 1981 and its interior in 1998.[5] It became a National Historic Landmark in 1989.[3][9][10]


The building is the home for the former Daily News TV broadcast subsidiary WPIX, channel 11,[11] an affiliate of The CW network. The station is owned by the E.W. Scripps Company since September 2019. It was also home to WQCD, the smooth jazz station The News had operated as WPIX-FM. Some time after former News parent Tribune Company took over WQCD directly, the station was sold to Emmis Communications.

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York moved their headquarters to 308,000 square feet (28,600 m2) in the building in September 2016.[12] In February 2019, the nonprofit Young Adult Institute signed a 75,000 square feet (7,000 m2) deal to relocate to the building.[13] Other tenants include the United Nations Development Programme[14] and the New York office of public relations firm FleishmanHillard.


In popular culture[edit]

  • The News Building was the model for the headquarters of the fictional newspaper Daily Planet, the building where Superman works as journalist Clark Kent. The building itself was used for filming exterior scenes at the Daily Planet in the 1978 film Superman: The Movie.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission "Daily News Building Designation Report (July 28, 1981)
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  3. ^ a b "The News Building". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. September 11, 2007. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved September 12, 2007.
  4. ^ a b White, Norval; Willensky, Elliot & Leadon, Fran (2010). AIA Guide to New York City (5th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. p. 390. ISBN 978-0-19538-386-7.
  5. ^ a b c d New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Dolkart, Andrew S.; Postal, Matthew A. (2009). Postal, Matthew A. (ed.). Guide to New York City Landmarks (4th ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1.
  6. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1939). "New York City Guide". New York: Random House. ISBN 978-1-60354-055-1. (Reprinted by Scholarly Press, 1976; often referred to as WPA Guide to New York City.), p.210
  7. ^ Thomas, Ryland; Williamson, Samuel H. (2019). "What Was the U.S. GDP Then?". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved April 6, 2019. United States Gross Domestic Product deflator figures follow the Measuring Worth series.
  8. ^ Brockman, Jorg (photographs) & Harris, Bill (text) (2002). Five Hundred Buildings of New York. New York: Black Dog & Leventhal. p.581. ISBN 978-1-57912-856-2
  9. ^ Pitts, Carolyn (February 9, 1989). "Daily News Building (text)" (PDF, 718 KiB). National Register of Historic Places Registration. United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  10. ^ "Daily News Building—Accompanying Photos, exterior, from 1979 and 1981" (PDF, 241 KiB). National Register of Historic Places Inventory. National Park Service. February 9, 1989. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  11. ^ "SL Green Signs Three at 220 E. 42nd Street Covering 133,600 Square Feet". Archived from the original on October 2, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  12. ^ SL Green Inks 308,000 Sq. Ft. 30-Year Leasehold Condominium Conveyance at 220 East 42nd Street to Visiting Nurse Service of New York, SL Green, September 28, 2016
  13. ^ Cuozzo, Steve (February 4, 2019). "Nonprofit joins tenants in the Daily News' old home". New York Post.
  14. ^ SL Green Inks 142,000 Square Feet of New Leases Within 30 Days, SL Green, November 15, 2010

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