View of the Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building in Brooklyn, NY.
State Office Building

Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building


55 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States

Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building


The 13-story OGS-managed facility located at 55 Hanson Place in Brooklyn, NY (Kings County), was constructed in 1914-15 and designed by Trowbridge and Ackerman Architects as a flagship Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) building. In order to address the need for New York State agency office space in the New York Metro Area, a major reconstruction effort was undertaken in 1987-91 to provide some nearly 300,000 square feet of interior space to house New York State agencies.  This became a catalyst for redevelopment in the surrounding neighborhood.  In 2019-2024 OGS Design and Construction conducted a major exterior renovation project which including façade repairs, the reinstallation of terracotta cornice (as per the original design), building wide window replacements and a new roof.

The New York State Office Building is currently home to 12 New York State agencies and offices, including the Attorney General’s Office, Department of Human Rights, Department of Housing and Community Renewal, Office of Children and Family Services, and the Department of Education.  All of these organizations are advocates for the people of the city and state to which Ms. Chisholm dedicated her life.  Perhaps the use closest to Shirley Chisholm’s heart is the Hanson Place Child Development Center, located on the first floor of this building, open to residents of the community as well as state employees who work in the building. The history of the 55 Hanson Place facility makes it a fitting monument to bear the name of a true public servant, Shirley A. Chisholm.

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Open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


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Building Hours

Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Visitor Management Procedure
  • State employee visitors must present an OGS-issued security photo identification card or a driver’s license to be issued a visitor pass through the VMS.
  • New York State vendors and contractors will be treated as visitors and are subject to visitor access protocols (unless they have an OGS-issued ID card).
  • If the visitor does not have a photo ID, an agency staff member must come to the security desk to verify the visitor’s identity.
  • All visitors 17 years of age or older will be required to produce a valid photo ID.
  • Agency provides visitor appointment summary to Security a minimum of 24 hours prior to the day for which the individual(s) have appointments confirmed.
  • Visitor must stop at guard desk, announce themselves, state purpose of visit, and the agency where they have an appointment.
  • A photo ID must be presented.
  • Guard confirms identification and that visitor is on approved list.
  • Guard announces visitor to agency representative and records approval by agency representative.
  • Upon acceptance by agency, guard issues dated and time stamped temporary visitor pass.
  • After completion of business visitor returns to guard desk.
  • Visitor signs out and guard collects visitor pass.


Acceptable Proofs of Identification for Admittance to OGS

When identification is required, the following is a list of the acceptable proofs of identification for admittance to OGS facilities. All such forms of identification must include a clear photograph of the individual and be unexpired.

  1. U.S. Passport or a U.S. Passport Card
  2. Permanent Resident Card or an Alien Receipt Card (Form I-551)
  3. Foreign passport
  4. Driver’s license or non-driver ID card issued by a state or possession of the U.S.
  5. Other government-issued ID card issued by a state or possession of the U.S. (including a NYS employee ID card)
  6. U.S. Military ID card, or
  7. U.S. Military dependent’s ID card Individuals 16 years old and under do not have to produce proof of identification but must be accompanied by an adult with acceptable proof of identification.

→See also Photo ID Requirements in OGS Buildings Frequently Asked Questions.


Public Transportation

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) provides Long Island Railroad (to Atlantic Terminal station), bus, and subway service. Some of the subway lines that service the building include the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, C, D, N, Q, and R trains to Atlantic Terminal & Fulton Street stations. Some of the bus lines that service the building include B25, B26, B37, B41, B63, B67, B69, and the B103. For more information visit the MTA subway website: the long Island Railroad website:


Visitor Parking: Visitors to the 55 Hanson Place may park at any available parking spaces on the streets surrounding the facility. There is also paid parking available directly across the street at the Atlantic Center Mall.

Building Offices & Services

Government Officials
  • New York State Assembly
  • U.S. Congress
  • New York City Council
State Services Open to the Public
  • Empire State Development
  • Department of Agriculture & Markets
  • Division of Human Rights
  • Office of Bilingual Education
  • Division of Homes and Community Renewal
  • Governor's Office of Employee Relations
  • State University of New York
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Attorney General's Office
Community Services & Organizations
  • Daycare Provider Services
  • Public Employee Relations Board
Mail Services
  • UPS and FedEx available by tenant request only
Delivery & Loading Dock
  • Mail and parcel deliveries are received through the main entrance on Hanson Place
  • Large deliveries are received at the loading dock on South Elliot Place
  • Loading dock is ground-level; Liftgate is necessary when dropping large loads