Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Building Spotlight: Four Times Square

The Conde Nast Building (4 Times Square, New York, New York) is more than just a shiny new skyscraper in midtown Manhattan.  It is an important communications platform for the entire region.  When the twin towers of the World Trade Center were destroyed on September 11, 2001 the main transmission facility for the New York region's television and radio stations was destroyed.  While some broadcasters had backup facilities on the nearby Empire State Building (350 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York), those signals were often weaker than the primary transmissions.

Enter, The Conde Nast Building, also known as Four Times Square.

The building has since been outfitted with both primary and backup transmitters for some of the area's broadcasters since space on the Empire State Building was very dear.  Plans to erect a master antenna across the river in New Jersey are on-again off-again, and many don't think they will ever come together.  Until then, Four Times Square and the Empire State Building will be the source of most broadcasts in the New York - New Jersey - Connecticut Tri-State Area.

More New York City buildings.

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