601 Lexington Avenue

Citigopup Center

New York, NY 10022

  • 5,724 - 29,989 sqft
  • ~$73/sqft

Building Details

  • Owner/Leasing ManagerBoston Properties
  • Floors59
  • ArchitectThe Stubbins Associates, Inc.
  • Walk Score®98
  • Year Built1977
  • Noise Index0.53

The Citigroup Center is located 153 East 53rd Street in [Midtown of Manhattan] ( The height of the Citigroup Center is 915 feet and has 59 floors. The building contains 1.3 million square feet of office space and is one of the most imposing and distinctive high-rises in New Yorks skyline. The main architect behind the building was Edward Larrabee Barnes Associates and The Stubbins Associates, Inc. The architects were recognized with an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects in 1979.
The tower’s base is cut away at the four corners, leaving it standing on a cross shaped footing, extending from the core to the center of each side. Citigroup’s pitched roof causes it to stand out among other building, making it a powerful symbol of its namesake corporation. The roof is at a 45degree angle because it was intended to have solar panels installed, but the idea was dropped because the position of the roof meant that the panels would not face the sun directly.
The building uses Double decker elevator cars because it reduces the area devoted to the vertical circulation core, creating more available space for offices. A computer driven load mass damper ensures stability for the building because of the reduced number of vertical supports.
Citigroup Center was the first skyscraper in the U.S. to be built with a tuned mass damper. The overhanging corners were designed after St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, which occupied one corner, insisted on keeping its lot and its separate identity. A new church was however built in place of the old one.
At one point the tower was considered capable of collapsing in a strong wind. When news came that a storm was coming to the city, emergency crews worked around the clock to reinforce the tower with two inch thick steel plates that were welded over each of the buildings 200 bolted.
To help with stabilization, a tuned mass damper was placed in the mechanical space at the top. The damper is designed to counteract any swaying motions because of wind on the building and it reduced the building’s movement due to wind by as much as 50%

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    59th Floor - B Suite5,724 sqft$34,821 /mo est
    59th Floor - A Suite12,470 sqft$75,859 /mo est
    Entire 20th Floor29,989 sqft$182,433 /mo est
    • 0.01 mi🚇EM53rd Street-Lexington Avenue
    • 0.09 mi🚌bus m101
    • 0.12 mi🚇651st Street
    • 0.27 mi🚗Alpha Garage
    • 0.32 mi🚇EM53rd Street-5th Avenue
    • 0.32 mi🚇45659th Street
    • 0.34 mi🚇NRW59th Street-Lexington Avenue
    • 0.46 mi🚇NRW5th Avenue – 59th Street



    Midtown is the epicenter of business in New York City, the beating heart of everyday professional life in Manhattan, the “Big Apple” everyone’s talking about.  In many ways, it’s a microcosm of the city – its own ecosystem of interconnected businesses and neighborhoods. While it’s most commonly associated with the modern marvel that is Times Square, there’s more to Midtown than jam-packed sidewalks, throttling skyscrapers, and honking taxis.

    This is the home of cool districts like Koreatown and Rose Hill, the patron of fine cultural institutions like the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Scandanavian House, PierPont Morgan Library, and the Japan Society. Some of the best restaurants in the world hail from Midtown, like Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Takayama’s Masa, and Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin. Famed venues like the Ziegfeld Theatre movie palace, Carnegie Hall, and Radio City Music Hall never fail to charm. And we haven’t even gotten to the shopping on 5th Avenue or the “Hamilton” craze on Broadway taking the world by storm. So you see, Midtown isn’t all work and no play, but it does excel at work when you get down to it.

    Midtown office space drives the commercial market in New York City. It isn’t exactly cheap, coming at an average of $73/sqft, but its unbeatable public transit options and well-laid infrastructure still make it top dog for big businesses in need of office space for rent. As for the neighbors, take your pick. It’s the media and advertising and financial capital of the world.

    Nearby Districts Include: The Garment District, the Upper West Side, and the Upper East Side

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