Reading International Inc. and Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) have unveiled the newly redeveloped Tammany Hall as 44 Union Square in New York City.
The completely upgraded landmarks-approved property is now a Class A commercial building with a restored historic street facade and a three-story glass and steel dome addition, offering up to 73,095s/f that could be used as all office space or divided between office and retail.
NKF’s President of New York Tri-State David Falk, Vice Chairman Peter Shimkin and Director Jonathan Franzel are overseeing the office leasing while Vice Chairman Jeffrey Roseman is managing the retail leasing on behalf of ownership.
Margaret Cotter, Executive Vice President – Real Estate Management and Development-NYC for Reading International, Inc. said, “We are thrilled to unveil the historic 44 Union Square and believe it is a perfect jewel box and a unique addition to the dynamic Union Square neighborhood of New York City. 44 Union Square is an identifiable and brandable space, built to state-of-the-art standards, and offers tenants, employees and customers a location surrounded by boundless and creative amenities.”
Following the approval of New York City’s Landmark Preservation Commission, Reading International, through its affiliate, Reading Tammany Owner, LLC, developed the property to celebrate its historic significance while giving it new life as a spectacular modern office and retail building with new infrastructure and mechanical systems.
Reading commissioned renowned architects BKSK to create an entirely new superstructure.
“The new 44 Union Square offers an amazing opportunity for today’s office user looking to make an impression in a modern and redesigned landmark asset,” said David Falk of NKF.
“In addition to the soaring views from inside the iconic dome, the property is also self-contained with a dedicated lobby and private elevators that offer safe and secured access for tenants.”
The retail options offer up to 30,000 s/f which can be divided into smaller stores that include 14-foot ceiling heights and exceptional visibility.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a retailer to occupy one of the most spectacular and visible buildings in the country and create a world-class shopping experience with an incomparable branding opportunity,” said Roseman.
The most eye-opening part of the redevelopment is the futuristic glass dome crowning the building.
The dome features 19-foot ceilings and creates a unique, light-filled space with views overlooking Union Square and beyond.
BKSK designed a space taking inspiration from the property’s historical association with the Tammany Society, which was named after Chief Tamanend- the leader of the Lenape People – who signed a treaty of peaceful coexistence with William Penn in 1680.
The shell-like dome evokes the symbolic significance of a rising turtle shell in the Lenape creation story and is meant to pay homage to the building’s and Chief Tamanend’s place in New York history.
Gartner of the Permasteelisa Group constructed the dome using more than 800 unique triangular glass panels shipped from Germany and enclosed by a lattice network of steel.
“Union Square is a true 24/7 mixed-use neighborhood with a robust network of transportation options, our world-class Greenmarket, and an existing retail and culinary mix that continues to drive foot traffic to the area,” said Jennifer Falk, executive director of Union Square Partnership. “44 Union Square’s spectacular new office and retail spaces are iconic new additions to our thriving community, showcasing the history and promise of the neighborhood.”
Tammany Hall has been an historic fixture of the Union Square neighborhood for centuries.
The property is positioned at the northeast corner of Union Square Park located at 17th Street and Union Square East. The area is also home to 153,000 employees, 75,489 residents and 90,000 students attend area universities that include New York University, The New School and Pratt Institute.
Project Team for 44 Union Square: Owner – Reading International, Inc.; Architect – BKSK Architects; Dome Façade Construction – Garter of Permasteelisa Group; Structural Engineering – Thornton Tomasetti; MEP- Dagher Engineering; Exterior Envelope Engineering – Buro Happold; Energy and Commissioning Services – OLA Consulting Engineers; Construction Management – CNY Group; Owners Representative – Edifice Real Estate Partners; Property Management – Avison Young.