- “Be there...or be square.”
- —K to J upon giving the address.
The Men in Black Headquarters is the main base of the Men in Black. It is located at 504 Battery Drive in New York City, in the films, and changes locations in the animated series. The HQ is a pivotal role in the organization, and it is where the agents and aliens meet.
AppearanceFrom the outside, it appears to be just another building, and when you go inside, it still is just another building. It has two large fans, and a lone guard sitting in a chair, and a lone elevator. Once down the elevator then the real HQ is shown. It has a futuristic look, with high walls, and has many rooms. Inside, these rooms contain devices and futuristic technology. Above everything is an office towering above all else. This is Zed's office. The elevator also takes people to a training level, with many rooms that recuits train in. There is also a breakroom, where the Worms hang out.
Men in Black
In the first film the MIB headquarters are located in the ventilation tower of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, which connects Manhattan with Brooklyn. According to production designer Bo Welch, the headquarters was designed to resemble a 1960s airport (the examination room of the MIB was particularly based on the TWA terminal at JFK International Airport).
He used the 1960s theme because that was when MiB started up (as well as the decade of the space craze), and the airport design was because MiB's extraterrestrial affairs include their arrival and settlement to Earth, which airports assist in.
Men in Black: The Series
In the animated series the headquarters was no longer under the ventilator building of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, but now at what looked like a disused area under LaGuardia airport. These differences are possibly addressed in the episode ",The Star System Syndrome ," where it is revealed that every so often some writer or Hollywood-type learns of the MIB and makes a movie about them, possibly hinting that the live-action movie was one of these incidents.
Men in Black: Alien Attack
A replica of the main hall is seen in the attraction.
Men in Black II
In an Alternate Ending to Men in Black II the headquarters was back in full working order following Serleena's takeover.
Men in Black III
By the time of the third film, MiB HQ has radically undergone some substantial changes over the decade, but still maintains the core aesthetic.
When Jay time jumps to the year 1969, the young Kay tasers him and takes him to MiB HQ which looks different from the current one in 2012. The walkways above are present and Chief X's office is shown in the middle below instead of above like his successor Zed's office in later years.