Architectural design of a lobby ceiling at ESRT Buildings

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Hidden Gems at ESRT Buildings

April 14, 2023

Have you ever walked into a building and noticed a small but intriguing detail that made you pause and take a closer look? From architectural design to hidden viewpoints, ESRT buildings are full of hidden gems that often go unnoticed.  

We asked the team at ESRT to share their favorite “Easter eggs” throughout the portfolio. 

The Secret Garden

Ryan Kass, SVP, director of leasing shared a nostalgic bit about a tenant space.  

“The 32nd floor terrace at One Grand Central Place – they grow tomatoes. It was the first transaction that I worked on.”  

Fashion Avenue

Robert Pender, property manager at 111 W. 33rd Street and 501 Seventh Avenue, reflected on celebrity run-ins and the unique vantage point of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

501 Seventh Avenue is full of fashion tenants. Our largest tenant [at 501], PVH, occupies 75% of the building. We also have Carolina Herrera who always has dress fittings, so we get to see a lot of famous people and famous models walking through the halls of 501.” 

[Many of the] terraces at 111 W. 33rd Street are eyelevel with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons. I have some pictures that I took a couple of years back when we hosted an event there for Thanksgiving. It was pretty cool. Where they line up for the television [broadcast] is right on our property line. It’s always cool to be involved in that part of history every year.