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.  

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.


  • Visitors must be pre-approved and entered into the visitor management system (VMS) by an agency representative.
  • All visitors 17 years of age or older must present a valid photo ID to be issued a visitor pass through the VMS. Acceptable proof of identification is listed below.
  • Visitors 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.
  • New York State vendors and contractors will be treated as visitors and are subject to visitor access protocols.
  • If the visitor does not have a valid photo ID, an agency staff member must come to the security desk to verify the visitor’s identity and take responsibility for the visitor.
  • All employees without a state-issued security ID card must be processed as a visitor and entered into the VMS to gain access to the building.
  • Report to the security desk, provide name and purpose of visit.
  • Present a valid photo ID.
  • Be photographed, if required.
  • Receive a visitor pass.
  • Return visitor pass to the security desk or to the designated receptacle when exiting the building.
Acceptable Proofs of Identification for Admittance to OGS Facilities

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.

  • Driver’s license or non-driver ID card issued by a state or possession of the U.S.
  • Other government-issued ID card issued by a state or possession of the U.S. (including an NYS employee ID card)
  • U.S. Passport or a U.S. Passport Card
  • Permanent Resident Card or an Alien Receipt Card (Form I-551)
  • Foreign passport
  • U.S. Military ID card, or
  • U.S. Military dependent’s ID card


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