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1, A, B, C, D at 59th St.-Columbus Circle; N, Q, R at 57th St.-Seventh Ave.
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The Hearst Tower continues the publishing giant’s long history in the Columbus Circle area with headquarters that connect the old with the new. The building’s original structure — an Art Deco masterpiece with grand limestone columns and allegorical figures representing various industries — was commissioned by the company’s founder, William Randolph Hearst, in 1926. Now it serves as the base for a stunning modernist glass-and-steel tower, completed in 2006. This 46-story addition, designed by Norman Foster, features a unique diagonal grid frame, which gives the building its triangular, rippling appearance. Designed as a “green” building, more than 90 percent of the tower is made from recycled steel, and rainwater collected on the roof is reused in the air-conditioning system or in the IceFall, a three-story cascading fountain in the glass-walled atrium. In addition to housing consumer magazines like Cosmopolitan and Popular Mechanics, the tower also has a broadcast studio, a 168-seat theater, and the Good Housekeeping research labs and test kitchens. The public, though, is essentially limited to the grand entrance, where security guards allow you just enough room to view the IceFall before asking for Hearst ID.