Helmsley Building
Helmsley Building
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Neighbourhood: Midtown East
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  • Grand Central • 3 min walk
  • Grand Central • 3 min walk

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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,683 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
Each time I'm on Park Avenue near Grand Central Station, I like to simply stand for a while and admire this marvelous Beaux-Arts-style building. Though it first opened in 1929 to house the Central Railroad Company. the building remains in beautiful condition, thanks to a 2010 renovation. Exterior features include a clock framed by sculptures above the entrance and a pyramidal roof with cupola. But the most distinctive details are two tunnels reserved for vehicular traffic below it, one for uptown and the other for downtown traffic. There are also two street level arcades for pedestrian traffic, one of which I have walked through. That is the closest I could get to the building, because it is not open to the public.

The 535-foot-tall, 34-story structure has had a series of owners throughout the years. It holds the name Helmsley because it was once owned by Helmsley-Spear, which stipulated that the name could not be changed again when that company sold the property. RXR Realty currently owns the building.

During my recent New York stay, I enjoyed looking at the building at night from my hotel's 27th-floor rooftop terrace. It was beautifully lit in blue.
Written 10 October 2018
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wanderlust
Centralia, PA145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
Besides being a beautiful skyscraper in its own right, the Helmsley Building is a remarkable feat of engineering because Park Avenue splits into two tunnels and drives THROUGH the ground level of the building. You can also take a pedestrian path which crosses through a tunnel the same way. Extremely convenient location (can walk up affluent Park Avenue or down to 42nd Street to see the Chrysler Building and other historic attractions). Check it out!! (Note, you cannot enter the building as a tourist, other than the pedestrian tunnel)
Written 17 December 2017
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland30,103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
The Helmsley Building sits across the infamous Park Avenue in NY. Beautiful clock above the road that the cars pass through. Looks amazing but I suspect dated inside.
Written 6 February 2023
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dgdssdish d
Charlottetown, Canada1,173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
Another New York Landmark. Very nice building and very unique architecture and tunnels on the ground floor.
Written 7 December 2018
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Slick5276
Salisbury, NC1,131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
One of my favorites in the city. This building is beautiful and has a lot of history. Night or day, it's a beautiful building. Make sure to read it's history and see who the owners have been thru the years!
Written 1 November 2017
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Anthony Liew
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,766 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
I can't miss this building, saw it and I knew it was beautiful structure. Went back and find what's the building called. And this is it helmsley building. Read about it.
Written 26 October 2017
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loribob67
Pittsburgh, PA1,670 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
This building is one of the most beautiful of all the old time iconic buildings in the city. It is within walking distance to just about everywhere in midtown. Worth the time to pass by if you're close to Grand Central station. The red, white and blue lighting display over July 4th was breathtaking at night.
Written 13 July 2017
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seanworc
New York City, NY712 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
The Helmsley Building, named for the legendary real estate maven, Harry Helmsley, is a commercial building right north of Grand Central Station. For years it was called the New York Central Building, named for the railroad line. After Helmsley Spear bought the building, it has been bought and sold several times. Visitors should appreciate that New York City real estate is a dynamic marketplace. The architects who designed this building also did Grand Central Terminal. Worth a look if in MidTown east.
Written 28 October 2016
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RheaStathatos
Forest Hills, NY34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016
Great building architecture , a must see, The late Mrs. Helmsley had the building , you also have a walkway to the right,part of NY history
Written 13 August 2016
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Oliver S
New York City, NY11,312 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Solo
The Helmsley building, once visible for miles on Park Avenue, personified the glory of railroads. It carries the name of one of the largest Real Estate developers in NYC in the 20th Century, Harry Helmsley. Ironically, the name nowadays brings mostly memories of his second wife, Leona, nick named “the Queen of Mean” who went to jail for tax evasion. They are both gone but the beautiful building designed in 1929 by Warren & Wetmore is there, proudly dividing Park Ave. The two passages, West & East, host eating places and some shops. Near by is Urbanspace (separate review).
Written 21 June 2016
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