Located in an area once known as "Newspaper Row," the Park Row Building was the tallest in the world for nearly a decade.
First commercial skyscrapers - Park Row Building RH Robertson designed one of the city's first commercial skyscrapers at 391 ft tall, Park Row Building.Two other buildings on Park Row were also part of Newspaper Row but not built specifically for newspapers' use. The Park Row Building, at 15 Park Row, housed the early headquarters of the Associated Press.
Joseph and Rachelle Friedman, owners of electronic and music retailer J&R, bought 15 Park Row in the 1990s. By 2000, plans were developed for a thorough renovation of the entire structure. The 1st through 10th floors would remain as commercial space, while everything above the 10th floor would be converted into 210 residential units, ranging from studio apartments to two-bedroom suites.The initial renovations and residential conversions were completed by 2001, and the first tenants moved in during that May. However, the building was shuttered after the September 11, 2001, attacks and the resulting collapse of the World Trade Center; when the building reopened in March 2002, nearly half of the 70 tenants did not return, while there were 62 units available. The pair of apartments in the cupolas at the 28th through 30th floors were not renovated, and were offered for sale as unfurnished units in 2013.