The address at 140 Broadway is also referred to on occasion as the Marine Midland Bank Building or the HSBC Building. It was constructed in 1967 based upon the designs of Skidmore Owings and Merrill for its then primary tenant who acquired the naming rights, the Marine Midland Bank. At the time, Marine Midland occupied the first 20 floors of the 51-story (688 foot tall) trapezoidal-shaped structure. In 1987, Marine Midland was fully acquired by HSBC and the building took on a new secondary name.
140 Broadway is perhaps best known for its plaza art of a giant red steel cube standing on one corner. This public piece is by Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi.
This address also made headlines on August 20, 1969 when it was the site of a bombing attack said to be a statement versus America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The attack occurred at approximately 10:30 in the evening. The attacker, Sam Melville, planted twenty-five sticks of dynamite near the elevator on the eighth floor. Twenty people were injured in total as part of the incident. Melville, for his crime, was sentenced to eighteen years in Attica Prison where he would later be shot and killed as part of the riot which occurred there in September of 1971.