03 Mar Under Construction: The Old Tammany Hall Gets New Life as 44 Union Square
Commercial Observer July 11, 2018
Standing at the corner of East 17th Street and overlooking Union Square Park, 44 Union Square East was once home to one of the most powerful institutions in New York—Tammany Hall, the political machine that dominated city and state politics across three different centuries.
After the notoriously corrupt organization’s influence waned in the middle of the 20th century and Tammany Hall sold the building in the 1940s, it served a number of purposes, housing the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union for a period and most recently functioning as an off-Broadway theater.
Now, the 1929 structure is entering its latest incarnation—that of a six-story, 70,000-square-foot boutique office building catering to the contemporary tenants who have flocked to the Midtown South market en masse this decade. To get there it is undergoing an ambitious makeover, helmed by construction firm CNY Group and designed by BKSK Architects, that entails the construction of an entirely new superstructure behind its historic, red brick and limestone facade, which was landmarked in 2013.