- for the former elevated train station see
Park Row, circa 1900
Park Row is a street located
in the Financial
District of the New York
City borough of
Manhattan. It was previously called Chatham
Street and during the late 19th century it was nicknamed Newspaper Row, as most
of New York City's newspapers located on the street to be close to
the action at New York City
Newspaper row, circa
The image is of Park Row around the turn of the 20th century.
buildings from left to right include; Bottom-Left is New York City
Hall; the New York World
Building, also known as the Pulitzer Building (with the
spherical top) which housed the New
York World newspaper (now the site of one of the Brooklyn
Bridge entrance ramps); The New York
Tribune building with the spire top (today
the site of the Pace Plaza complex of Pace University); The New York Times Building (the 19th Century home of The New York Times, today one of the
buildings of Pace University); and
to the far right - cut off from the picture - the Potter Building.
York Times was originally located at 113 Nassau
Street in 1851. In 1854, it moved to 138 Nassau Street, and
in 1858 it moved a little more than one block away to 41 Park Row, making it the first newspaper in New York City
housed in a building built specifically for its use.
This section of the street was known as 'Printing House Square'.
Today, a statue of Benjamin
stands there, in front of the One Pace Plaza
and 41 Park Row buildings of
, holding a copy of
, a reminder of what Park Row once was.
In the late 18th century Eastern Post
became the more important road connecting New York to
Albany and New England. Early in the 19th century most of the
Manhattan portion of this road was suppressed, the Commons became
City Hall Park, and the stub then known as Chatham Street was
renamed Park Row.
One of the
first structures to be called a skyscraper, the Park Row
Building (also known
as '15 Park Row') is located at the southern end of Park Row,
opposite City Hall
Park. At 391 ft (119.2m) tall it was the tallest
office building in the world from 1899 until 1908, when it was
surpassed by the Singer
building is 29 stories tall, with 26 full floors and two,
three-story cupolas. It has a frontage of on Park Row, 23 on Ann
Street and on Theater Alley. The base of the building covers a land
area of approximately .
New York City Police
Department is headquartered at One Police Plaza located on Park
Row, across the street from the Manhattan