High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Brill Building (built 1931) is an office building located at 1619 Broadway in the New York City borough of Manhattan, just north of Times Square. The Brill Building (named after the Brill Brothers, who owned a clothing store on the street level and who later bought the entire building from its developer, A.E. Lefcourt) was intended as a financial office space for brokers and bankers. In the midst of the Depression, the timing couldn't have been worse, and the owners resorted to renting space to music publishers, as there were few other takers. For this reason, the Brill Building became a centerpiece for the music industry in New York, and the country, with many publishers and writers using the space for their offices and storefronts. By the 1960s, there were over 120 independent music businesses in the building.