One Court Square

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One Court Square
Facade of 1 Court Square
General information
Roof673 ft (205 m)
Technical details
Floor count50
Floor area1,401,630 sq ft (130,216 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectSkidmore, Owings, and Merrill

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.[1] The building has stood as Queens' 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.[2]


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.[3] In 2019 however, the building was surpassed by the Brooklyn Point Tower and the Skyline Tower in height to be demoted to the third tallest building on Long Island, and the second tallest building in Queens.[4][5] Later in 2021, it will also be surpassed in Queens by Queens Plaza Park, rising to 755 feet.[6][7]

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 2018 the building was selected to provide up to 25 floors to Amazon[8] as part of one of its three Amazon HQ2 locations. However, the Amazon HQ2 location in New York City was later canceled.[9]


  • Opened in 1990
  • Green-tinted glass-wrapped
  • 50 Stories above ground (54 total)
  • 27 passenger elevators; 4 freight elevators and 6 escalators
  • 1,401,630 rentable square feet (130,203 square meters)
  • Owned by Savanna
  • Architect: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
  • Construction Manager: Turner Construction

In popular culture[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "One Court Square". The Skyscraper Center. CTBUH. Archived from the original on April 24, 2019. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  2. ^ Putzier, Konrad (December 1, 2017). "The story of WeWork's mysterious first investor". The Real Deal.
  3. ^ Citicorp Leads Queens To The Skies, Queens Tribune, accessed February 13, 2007 Archived February 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Ricciulli, Valeria (October 11, 2019). "Tallest skyscraper in Queens tops out at 778 feet". Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  5. ^ "Extell's 720-foot Brooklyn Point tops out, becomes tallest tower in borough". Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "Long Island City's Future Tallest Skyscraper, Skyline Tower, Now Rising Above Street Level". December 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "Exclusive New Rendering Revealed for Durst's Queens Plaza Park in Long Island City". December 10, 2018.
  8. ^ J. David Goodman (November 13, 2018). "Amazon Is Getting at Least $1.7 Billion to Come to Queens. Now Comes the Fight Over Whether It's Worth It".
  9. ^ Morris, Keiko (November 9, 2018). "Landlord, Facing Loss of a Big Tenant, Pins Hopes on Amazon HQ2". Wall Street Journal. New York City. Retrieved November 9, 2018.

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Coordinates: 40°44′49.5″N 73°56′38″W / 40.747083°N 73.94389°W / 40.747083; -73.94389