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One Astor Plaza One Astor Plaza General information Type Office Location 1515 Broadway New York City, U.S. Coordinates 40°45′28″N 73°59′11″W / 40.75778°N 73.98639°W / 40.75778; -73.98639Coordinates: 40°45′28″N 73°59′11″W / 40.75778°N 73.98639°W / 40.75778; -73.98639 Completed 1972 Height Roof 227 m (745 ft) Technical details Floor count 54 Floor area 130,100 m2 (1,400,000 sq ft) Design and construction Architect Der Scutt of Ely J. Kahn & Jacobs One Astor Plaza is a 745 ft (227 m) high skyscraper in Times Square in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Completed in 1972, the building is 54 stories tall and was designed by Der Scutt of Ely J. Kahn & Jacobs. Originally known as the W. T. Grant Building as the headquarters of now-defunct retailer W. T. Grant Co., it is currently the headquarters for Viacom and houses the MTV Studios, Minskoff Theatre, the Nokia Theatre at Times Square, and some retail outlets. It is located at 1515 Broadway at West 45th Street. Previously, the Astor Hotel occupied the lot. It was built in 1904 and closed in 1967. Construction of the W. T. Grant Building began in 1968 and was completed in 1972. It is owned and managed by SL Green Realty Corp. The building engineers are Shmerykowsky Consulting Engineers. Contents 1 First Floor: Retail Outlets 2 Second Floor: MTV Studios 3 Third Floor: Minskoff Theatre 4 Basement 5 2010 Times Square car bomb attempt 6 See also 7 External links 8 References First Floor: Retail Outlets The set of Total Request Live in the Uptown Studio Midtown and Downtown Studios & Bank of America, Billabong, Element and MTV store. The first floor includes a Bank of America, Billabong, Element Skateboards and a shop selling official MTV merchandise. Second Floor: MTV Studios Astor Plaza houses the MTV Studios, which is owned by Viacom, a major tenant of the building. The studios are located on the second story of the building. MTV acquired it in 1997. It is split into three major studios all located by the floor-to-ceiling windows and iconic window shades. The three studios are named after the three sections of Manhattan: the Uptown Studio, the Midtown Studio, and the Downtown Studio. They are named so because they are proportional to the real sections of Manhattan. The Uptown Studio is perhaps the most famous because it was the home of MTV's unofficial flagship program, Total Request Live, through the show's run from 1998 to 2008. The Midtown Studio is used by MTV News. TRL also used it when the Uptown Studio was under repair or redecoration. The smallest studio, the Downtown Studio, is occasionally used for other countdown shows, such as Direct Effect and Big Ten. It is also often used as a temporary green room if the actual green room is occupied. The MTV Studios also include traditional dressing rooms, control rooms, a cafeteria, and some offices. MTV also utilises the seventh floor roof of the building. Third Floor: Minskoff Theatre Main article: Minskoff Theatre The Minskoff Theatre is named after its developers and holds 1,621 seats. It opened in 1973. Access to it is from the middle arcade in the center of the building. Basement Main article: Nokia Theatre Times Square Beneath Astor Plaza was the Loews Astor Cinema. It opened on June 26, 1974 but closed on August 2, 2004. It was famous for drawing large crowds on opening nights and was a popular place to see films in New York City. After closing, it experienced a nine month renovation and reopened as the Nokia Theatre at Times Square. Holding approximately 2,000, it is now used as a rock venue and also showcases the latest Nokia handsets. 2010 Times Square car bomb attempt Main article: 2010 Times Square car bomb attempt On the evening of May 1, 2010, a failed car bomb was defused by the New York Police Department at the eastern corner of the building. Authorities investigated a possible connection between the bomb and the 200th episode of South Park, which included depictions of the prophet Muhammad. South Park airs on Comedy Central, which is owned by Viacom.[1] See also List of tallest buildings in New York City External links NYC References ^