The 30-story, 391-foot Park Row Building was the tallest building in New York City and one of the tallest structures in the world between 1899, the year of its completion, and 1908. It is one of several surviving late nineteenth-century buildings that formed Newspaper Row, the center of newspaper publishing in New York City from the 1840s to the 1920s.
Among its many tenants, the building housed the offices of the Associated Press news agency, as well as the headquarters of August Belmont’s Interborough Rapid Transit Company. The great height and irregular plan of this building led to the use of innovative construction techniques including a pile and steel-grillage foundation, a Roehling concrete floor system for fireproofing, and Sprague Electric elevators to transport the thousands of people using the building each day.
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance
Zella Jones: NoHo Historic District; NoHo East; and NoHo Extension
Erika Petersen: West End Preservation Society
City Lore, Folklorist
Bronx Music Heritage Center, Co-Artistic Director
Ed García Conde,
founder and Executive Director,