Power Restored to CBS’ New York Headquarters

Cynthia Littleton

UPDATE: Con Edison said Sunday morning that full power has been restored to the building.

CBS’ famed Black Rock headquarters has been closed since Thursday because of a power outage sparked by fire in an  underground Con Edison facility that serves the building.

Hundreds of CBS employees who work at 51 West 52nd Street in Manhattan have scattered to other CBS locations in the city for the past few days. The power outage has also affected tenants in the CBS-owned building such as Charles Schwab Corp., Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and other legal and financial firms that call Black Rock home.

Con Edison spokeswoman Joy Faber said the culprit was a fire in a nearby underground transformer vault. Black Rock is the only building in the area that is without power.

“The crews will be there all weekend working on repairs from the initial incident,” Faber said, but she could not offer a timetable for full power being restored to the building.

Black Rock is an iconic Midtown landmark designed for CBS by architect Eero Saarinen. The 38-story building is a concrete tower covered in dark granite and glass, with a sunken plaza also paved in dark granite. It has been designated an official New York City Landmark.

CBS declined to comment.

CBS’ corporate offices are based in Black Rock, as are CBS’ sales operations and CBS Sports. The outage has had no impact on CBS’ New York broadcast operations, which are housed at the CBS Broadcast Center on West 57th Street.

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