About One Astor Plaza
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, 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 by SL Green Realty Corp. The first floor includes a Bank of America, Billabong, Element Skateboards and a shop selling official MTV merchandise. 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.