The Times Square

Building Overview

Location Manhattan   view map
Housing Type Permanent
Opened 1991
Units 652
Residents Low-income and formerly homeless adults, persons with serious mental illness, and persons living with HIV/AIDS
On-site Services Case management, recreational activities, and self-sufficiency workshops provided by the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS)
Special Features
  • Garden roof deck
  • Computer lab
  • Library
  • Art studio
  • Medical clinic
  • Rehearsal space
  • 24-hour laundry facilities
  • 24-hour security
  • Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Awards
  • The 28th Bard Award for Excellence in Architecture
  • The Rudy Bruner Award for Excellence in the Urban Environment
Project Cost $50 million

The Times Square is Common Ground’s flagship supportive housing residence. When Common Ground acquired the building in 1991, the Times Square, a former grand hotel, was crime-ridden and in a state of shocking disrepair. The transformation of the building into the largest permanent supportive housing residence in the nation contributed to the revitalization of the Times Square neighborhood as a whole, and demonstrated a new approach to ending long-term urban homelessness.

The Times Square, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has received several awards for its innovative programs and historic preservation and design and has been featured in national media including The New York Times, CBS’s 60 Minutes, and National Public Radio.

The Times Square combines permanent affordable housing for low-income and formerly homeless adults, persons with serious mental illness and persons living with HIV/AIDS.

A range of on-site social services provided by Common Ground’s social service partner, the Center for Urban Community Services. The building features a double-height lobby, which serves as a gallery for displaying the work of resident artists. The Top of the Times, a spacious community room on the top floor with sweeping views of the city, hosts tenant events, and is available for commercial rental to the general public.

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Virtual Tour

  • The two-story Times Square lobby has been restored to its former grandeur.

  • One of the building’s studio apartments.

  • The sunny fifteenth floor gallery is one of the common spaces available to the building’s many tenants.

  • The fifteenth-floor terrace.