A landmark building with an iconic smokestack, The BankNote sits prominently on a hill along the Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx with extraordinary views of Manhattan. Its four-buildings are home to a variety of government (including Congressman Jose Serrano), civic and private sector office tenants, non-for-profit organizations and the arts community.

Stable, professional, on-site ownership and management and an abundance of light and air distinguish this architecturally distinct property. An extensive, recently completed capital improvement program breathed new life into this former manufacturing facility and further enhanced its landmark stature.

The four-building complex totals 405,000 square feet and sits on a 178,800-square-foot lot including private parking. Exposed brick walls, large vaulted windows, concrete floors, light-infused spaces and soaring, open ceilings up to 21’ lend a historic feel to the interior spaces that appeal to a wide range of tenants.

A $25 million capital improvement program has revitalized this landmark building. Major renovations included the installation of new windows, elevators, bathrooms, mechanical systems, security systems, new entryways and lobbies, enhanced parking areas and landscaping.

  • Entrances & Loading Docks

    Multiple loading docks, some with 18-wheeler capacity
  • Restrooms

    Upgraded facilities on each floor with new finishes and fixtures
  • Elevators

    Newly modernized and finished passenger and freight elevator cabs service all floors in each building
  • Parking & Transportation

    Ample on-site parking in a fully restored and landscaped on-site lot; abundant street parking.Conveniently located 15 minutes from Grand Central Terminal via nearby 2,5 and 6 subway stations
  • Tenant Spaces

    Historic masonry façade with new energy-efficient, oversized windows afford natural light and views
    • Ceiling heights up to 21’
    • Column spacing up to 40’
    • Reinforced concrete floor slabs (typical live load 120 lbs PSF)
    • Tie-ins to HVAC, electrical, fire alarm and sprinkler systems
    • Rooftop cooling towers provide condenser water to each floor
  • Sustainable Design features

    • Energy-efficient window replacement
    • Extensive light and air from windows and skylights
    • Energy efficient lighting
    • Low-flow fixtures in all bathrooms
    • Adjacent to the South Bronx Greenway project

Built in 1909, The BankNote is the former home of the American Banknote Company which printed U.S. and foreign currency and securities at the site. It was designated a New York City Landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2008.

A September 13, 1992 article in The New York Times noted:

Until 1941, Joseph R. Ford occupied a room in the tower with a special mission -- he attempted to counterfeit, under the most favorable conditions, the company's currency, stock certificates and other products. His efforts were carefully analyzed to improve the company's engraving, papers and inks. By 1961, The Saturday Evening Post reported that in one day over 5 million pieces of paper were processed. The company was at that time printing half of the securities of the New York Stock Exchange. By 1980, food stamps were 8 percent of sales.

A $25 million capital improvement program has revitalized this landmark building with each of the buildings receiving individual attention. Lobbies at the Lafayette, Garrison, Smokestack and Barretto entrances were completely modernized with large glass storefront openings, steel canopies, security systems, signage and finishes.

Major infrastructure upgrades included:

  • New, oversized windows affording beautiful Manhattan views and enhancing light and air
  • Renovated common areas
  • Newly modernized and finished passenger and freight elevator cabs in all buildings
  • Upgraded restrooms on each floor with new finishes and fixtures
  • Enhanced security
  • Improved circulation
  • Fully-restored and landscaped on-site parking lot

Lafayette Wing

The Lafayette Wing is ideally suited for creative and traditional office uses. Flexible and efficient floors boast high ceilings, oversized windows, abundant natural light and panoramic skyline views.



Barretto Wing
5,875 RSF
543 RSF
597 RSF

North Building
full building
5,000 RSF
Conveniently located just off the Bruckner Expressway in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx, The BankNote is within easy walking distance of the #6 Longwood Avenue and #2 and #5 Intervale Avenue subway stations.

1231 Lafeyette Avenue
Bronx, NY 10474

By Car 
Grand Central Terminal - 17 minutes
Times Square - 19 minutes
Yankee Stadium - 10 minutes
George Washington Bridge - 10 minutes
RFK Bridge - 5 minutes
Whitestone Bridge - 9 minutes
Throggs Neck Bridge - 10 minutes
LaGuardia Airport - 11 minutes
JFK Airport - 25 minutes
Downtown Brooklyn - 23 minutes
Greenwich, Connecticut - 30 minutes
Westchester County, New York - 30 minutes
White Plains, New York - 30 minutes
New Rochelle, New York - 16 minutes
Fort Lee, New Jersey - 15 minutes

By Subway
125th Street (6 train) - 12 minutes
Grand Central Terminal (6 train) - 25 minutes
Penn Station (2 train) - 40 minutes 



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