New York Style: 4 Iconic New York Buildings

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Empire State Building New York City

the iconic Empire State Building. Can you spot the prints of a giant gorilla? (image: Ted)

New York City has one of the most recognized skylines in the world, with a number buildings that reflect its unique style, old and new . Here are the top four iconic buildings in New York.

The Empire State Building

Once the tallest in the world, the Building stands at 1,252 feet tall, with 102 floors, steel frames, and 6,500 windows with spandrels that have been sandblasted to match the tone of the windows. It’s covered in Indiana limestone and granite. The Empire State Building is one of the most popular buildings in the Big Apple.

Thousands of people visit it every day, most going to the observation deck where they are treated to spectacular views of New York. The Empire State Building was completed in 1931, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986. It is ranked as number one on the List of America’s Favorite Architecture by the AIA in 2007.

The Chrysler Building

The second-most recognized building in New York is the Chrysler Building. It stands at 1,048 feet, is clad in white brick and dark gray brickwork, with an eccentric crescent-shaped spire, which gives it its unmistakable look. This Art Deco skyscraper sits at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington on the East side of Manhattan.

It was the world’s tallest building until 1931, when the Empire State Building was built. It has remained the world’s tallest brick building. Contemporary architects consider it to be a classic example of Art Deco and one of the finest buildings in New York City. Visitors can enter it from of three entrances in the tapering triangular lobby, off of Lexington Avenue, 42nd Street, and 43rd. Street.

Chrysler building New York City

image: B. Monginoux

Rockefeller Center

If you visit New York during the holidays, you can’t miss a stop at Rockefeller Center to see the beautiful Christmas tree sitting at the spectacular skating rink. John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s dream was to make Rockefeller Center a contemporary and innovative building, and he accomplished his mission.

Rockefeller Center New York

image: Banfield

Every artwork and attraction throughout the Center showcases his dream and how his vision was realized. His vision never wavered, even with the world sitting between two wars. When it opened in 1933, it fulfilled his dream and provided his gifts to Manhattan: the tower, and the observation deck that sits atop it, allowing visitors to marvel at the city he loved.

Trump Towers

The 52-story Trump International Hotel and Tower provide visitors with the best views of the city. Its 172-room occupancy extends spectacular views of Central Park, The Midtown West Side, Lincoln Center, and Fifth Avenue. The Tower’s floor-to-ceiling windows were built to frame the views to perfection.

Trump Tower New York City

image: Ingo Meironke

In 2010, the Tower underwent a 30 million dollar renovation to give its current sophisticated urban feel. Renovations include burnished gold leaf and bronze mirrors, handcrafted Schonbek crystal chandeliers, and rich wood finishes. Fully equipped kitchens, a luxurious spa, and fine dining top your stay at this Forbes Five-Star and Five-Diamond hotel.

Must see New York buildings

These four buildings have become an iconic part of New York. Visitors come to see them every day, and New Yorkers take pride in them each day. What are some obvious ones missed here? What about some not so obvious ones? Tell me about it in the comments section of this post.


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