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32 Avenue of the Americas

32 Avenue of the Americas
General information
Architectural styleArt Deco
Location32 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013, United States
OwnerRudin Management Company
Antenna spire167.3 m (549 ft)
Roof130.8 m (429 ft)
Technical details
Floor count27
Floor area1,150,000 sq ft (107,000 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectVoorhees, Gmelin and Walker
Fox & Fowle Architects P.C.

32 Avenue of the Americas, also known as the AT&T Long Distance Building, or simply the AT&T Building, is a 27-story landmarked Art Deco skyscraper located in Tribeca, Manhattan, New York City. The building reaches a height of 549 feet (167.3 m) up to its twin spires, and was completed in 1932. It is bounded by Walker Street, Lispenard Street, Church Street, and Avenue of the Americas.

The structure is currently the 369th tallest building in New York City[2][3] The tower was designed by the architectural firm of Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker, and contains 1,150,000 square feet (107,000 m2) of office space. It is managed by the privately held Rudin Management Company.


Approximately 1950

Occupied by AT&T, the building was originally known as the AT&T Long Lines Headquarters and was located at 24 Walker Street. Major reconstruction on the building followed during the early 1930s, as the address changed to 32 Avenue of the Americas.[4] The building housed the technical offices and equipment for the company's transatlantic communications and other functions. In 1992, when AT&T sold the former AT&T Building in Midtown Manhattan to Sony, the company moved its head offices to the Tribeca location.[5]

Between 2001–02, the tower underwent an extensive renovation by the architecture firm of Fox & Fowle, which included the installation of new mechanical and communications infrastructures.[6] The highlight of the restoration included the placement of two 120-foot-tall (37 m) communications masts which increased the height of the overall tower from 429 feet (131 m) to 549 feet (167 m). Numerous features of the building's original design were restored, including the lobby with its expansive Art Deco murals. A quarter of the building's windows were replaced with louvers which emulated the pattern of the original sash windows.[6]


The building's entrance lobby contains a wall covered with a tiled map of the world. The ceiling is decorated with an allegorical mosaic decor designed by Hildreth Meiere.[1] The exterior cladding of the facade is composed of brown brick–colored applied masonry.[1]

Within the building, there is an entrance to the Canal Street station, served by the New York City Subway's A, ​C, and ​E trains. Another entrance to that station is located right outside the southwest corner of 32 Avenue of the Americas.


The building is leased to corporate clients such as AT&T, Cogent Communications, iHeartMedia, Qwest, Cambridge University Press, Verizon, T-Mobile, TV Globo International, GloboNews, 360i, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, Tribeca Film Institute, Tribeca Film Festival, Stealth Communications, and New York University.[7][8] The 24th floor of the building also houses a carrier-neutral, co-location and interconnection facility for communication providers known as The Hub. The facility is a convergent point for buyers and sellers of bandwidth; for over 50 terrestrial carriers, content providers, ISPs, and enterprise tenants,[9] among them DE-CIX New York and fiber network operator ZenFi.

The ground floor on the Walker Street side houses the "iHeartRadio theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son".[10] There is also a Starbucks located on the ground floor, which opened in 2014, that has doors to the street and to the inside of the building.



  1. ^ a b c 32 Avenue of the Americas at Emporis
  2. ^ NYC Skyscraper Diagram. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  3. ^ World's Tallest Building 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  4. ^ Milestone in AT&T Network History Archived 2010-11-20 at the Wayback Machine. AT&T. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  5. ^ AT&T Building. Emporis. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  6. ^ a b 32 Avenue of the Americas. FXFOWLE. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  7. ^ The Hub at 32 Sixth Avenue Archived 2011-04-17 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Features & Amenities Archived 2010-06-17 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  9. ^ The Ultimate Meet Point for Global Communications Archived 2010-12-15 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  10. ^ Now there is an "iHeart Radio Theater" in NYC[dead link]

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