144,312-Square-Foot Lease Renewal Signed At 51 West 52nd Street In Midtown East, Manhattan

Photograph of 51W52, by Colin Miller PhotosPhotograph of 51W52, by Colin Miller Photos

International law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has renewed its lease at 51W52, also known as Black Rock, a 900,000-square-foot, 38-story building located at 51 West 52nd Street in Midtown, Manhattan. The firm will continue to occupy 144,312 square feet on floors 17 and 20 through 24 for the next 15 years. The building, originally designed by architect Eero Saarinen as the headquarters of CBS, recently underwent a $128 million renovation led by the building’s owner, HGI.

Photograph of new lobby at 51W52, by Colin Miller Photos

Photograph of new lobby at 51W52, by Colin Miller Photos

51W52 features column-free floor plates and floor-to-ceiling windows. Its recent renovation was designed by Vocon and MdeAS Architects, and focused on modernizing the property’s interior spaces while preserving the building’s architectural legacy. Upgrades included revamped lobbies, new elevators, and the addition of an amenity suite featuring a tenant lounge, fitness center, and private café in the building’s concourse.

Photograph of new amenity space at 51W52, by Colin Miller Photos

Photograph of new amenity space at 51W52, by Colin Miller Photos

“51W52’s prime location in the heart of Midtown, rich architectural significance and thoughtful restoration present a highly desirable offering for today’s office workers,” said T. Richard Litton Jr., president at HGI.“Since completing the renovation in April, we’ve seen the new spaces activated and felt the excitement from both prospective and current tenants. Orrick’s lease renewal at 51W52 reflects the ongoing desire to work in trophy office buildings with thoughtful design and best-in-class amenities.”

Photograph of new fitness center at 51W52, by Colin Miller Photos

Photograph of new fitness center at 51W52, by Colin Miller Photos

Nearby transit includes subway stations servicing the B, D, E, F, and M trains.

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3 Comments on "144,312-Square-Foot Lease Renewal Signed At 51 West 52nd Street In Midtown East, Manhattan"

  1. David in Bushwick | July 6, 2024 at 11:14 am | Reply

    With 53W53 nearby, this new naming fad needs to be retired now as the very similar names become too confusing. Block Rock isn’t great either given the similarity with evil BlackRock.

  2. David : Sent From Heaven. | July 7, 2024 at 3:10 am | Reply

    The building has been modernized, as for the name it probably doesn’t have much of an impact on the mind: Thanks.

  3. “Black Rock”, a powerful, evocative name…part of my childhood, growing up in the City and working at 630 Fifth Ave, the International Building at Rock Center.

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